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)

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