To Faculty and Staff

In your role as a staff or faculty member, you may come in contact with students who are distressed, disruptive or dangerous.  A student might directly confide his or her concerns to you, or you might infer that he or she is in distress by observing the student's behavior.

Reminder: If it is an imminent threat or emergency, call 911.

Each member of the Canada community has a responsibility to help students succeed.  Often, a faculty or staff person is in a position to offer the first helping hand to a student.  The resources listed below will help you to offer assistance to students in a potentially difficult or uncomfortable situation.  Each of us has our own comfort level.  Remember, do the best you can.  The most important thing is that you do something.

Behaviors of Concern

Talking with a Student

Guidelines: Psychological/Behavioral Emergencies

Community Resources


On-line Resources 

There are great on-line resources which provide very useful tools for working with students in distress.  The can be accessed through the CCC Student Mental Health Program for Faculty and for Students sponsored by the California Community Colleges.  There are programs directed for Faculty/Staff and for Students.  

Students At-Risk: Tools for Faculty & Staff 

  • At Risk Students
  • Veterans on Campus
  • LGBTQ on Campus 

Students At-Risk: Tools for Student leaders

  • At Risk Students
  • Veterans on Campus: Peer Program
  • LGBTQ on Campus

Process for Accessing On-line Materials:  Click on the link for the Kognito programs.  Then, complete the steps:

Step 1. Create an account
Step 2. Select School, Role and Department (Note: not all departments are listed)
Step 3. Complete demographic information
Step 4. Identify program