Responding to a Student in Distress

As a staff member or fellow student we all hold a unique position to play an important role in the early identification and /or intervention with a student who may be in immediate danger to themselves or others; or with a student who may be experiencing significant distress. 

The purpose of the Responding to students in distress Flowchart is to provide a guide on who to contact when responding to a student who may be in immediate danger or experiencing significant distress. 

If you become concerned about a student’s behaviour or fear for the student’s safety or that of another it is important to contact the Emergency Services listed on the left-hand side of the Flowchart. This outlines the Services to contact when an immediate risk such as: suicidal intent, self-injury, threatening behaviour or a physical injury is evident or suspected.

If a student is in distress but not in any immediate danger to themselves or another it is then appropriate to contact the relevant Support Services listed on the right-hand columns of the Flowchart. 

If in doubt about contacting the Emergency Services please call Campus Security for guidance on (01) 708 3929 / Ext: 3333,  (available 24/7)  or Student Health Centre on 01-708 3878 during office hours.

We all play a part in contributing to a responsive, caring and supportive University community.

Click here to download the  Responding to students in distress  (PDF)
Click here to download the As Gaeilge Responding to Students in Distress Flowchart (PDF)
Click here to download the  SPCM Responding to Students in Distress Flowchart  (PDF)

Further Information:
 
Student Services Webpage
Guidelines on Referral to Counselling Service