Worried About a Friend?
On this page
- Help a Friend Training
- Tips for Supporting a Friend
- Mental Health Task Force’s Student Input Subcommittee
- Referral Process and Connecting a Peer to Services
- How to Get Support for Yourself
Supporting friends can be stressful, and we have helpful information on how to approach and support a friend, classmate, or peer you may be worried about.
Help a Friend Training
The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services offers a 1-hour training empowering WCC students to support their friends and friends who may be struggling. Our Help a Friend training educates students the signs of distress in their peers, how to take action to help their friends, and where to go if they need more support. Interested in getting trained? Register in a training session below.
Upcoming Training Dates:
- More Dates Coming in Fall 2022; Please email us at MentalHealthServices@sunywcc.edu for more information
Tips for Supporting a Friend
- Let your friend know you are concerned and make specific observations.
- Use non-judgmental phrases and let your peers know you are there to listen.
- Let them know you appreciate them sharing and offer resources that can help (such as Mental Health and Counseling Service). Even show them the sunywcc.edu/DMHCS web page to give them more information.
- If you feel comfortable, be transparent about referring them to us and remind them that you care about them.
- Check-in with them as you can to see how they are doing and to encourage them to engage with resources.
More Resource for Supporting Friends
Think a Friend Could Benefit from Mental Health and Counseling Services?
The Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services Licensed Mental Health Professionals will only reach out to you should they have questions, concerns, or require additional information. The online referral process is NOT for medical or mental health emergencies or crises.
Important note: Referring a student to the Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services does not guarantee student’s follow-through with services.
Reasons You Might Refer a Peer to Mental Health and Counseling Services
- Student Stated Need for Help or Support
- Observed Changes in Mood and/or Behavior
- Anxiety and Depression
- References to Suicide
- Traumatic Life Events or Changes in Personal Relationships (ie: death of family member)
- Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse
- Changes in Physical Health and/or Physical Appearance (ie: noticeable weight change)
How to Refer a Peer to Mental Health and Counseling Services
Fill out the Student of Concern form below.
Important Note: This form will be reviewed and assessed by the Community Assessment & Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team, who will partner with the community and recommend interventions that help ensure the likelihood of a positive and safe resolution. Such interventions may include the Department of Mental Health and Counseling Services.
How to get support for yourself
If you feel you need support, we encourage you to check out our Community Resources.