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For Faculty and Staff

As a member of the faculty or staff who interacts with students, you may become aware of or exposed to a student’s thoughts or behaviors that concern you.  It is important to “trust your gut” in these situations and take action.  Your kind words, expression of concern, and referral to a competent professional can make a significant difference in the life of the student, his or her friends and family, and the Johns Hopkins community.  We want all distressed, suicidal, or potentially dangerous students to receive assistance before concerning behaviors escalate.

Student Distress: faculty and staff resource guide for AAP, CBS, EP, SAIS, SOE 

Student Distress: faculty and staff resource guide for SOM, SON, SPH


Please review the below links for more detailed information about signs and symptoms of distressed students, providing support to students, and making referrals to JHSAP:

What to look for

What to do

Referring a student

Identifying and Referring Distressed Students Workshop

This workshop helps staff and faculty understand the signs of distress in students and possible interventions. The session reviews both internal and external resources, focusing on JHSAP consultations to faculty and staff, as well as referral options. The video below was recorded at the School of Nursing on Oct 16, 2018. Please note that some of the internal resources discussed are specific to the SON and we encourage you to consult with your school’s student affairs department if you have questions.


Faculty and Staff Guidance on Recognizing a Distressed Student

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