Faculty and staff members at Metropolitan State have the unique opportunity to engage directly with students and can often identify students who are experiencing challenges and may need additional support.
Stress is a natural part of life and no stranger to college students. Most students cope successfully with the rigors of college life. Those who don’t tend to show signs that they are struggling in some way. You may see these signs in the classroom or other areas on campus.
Not every student will be willing to accept your help, but by being available and ready to listen, you may play an important and timely role in helping students regain the balance needed to get back on track.
If you are concerned about student’s behavior, wellbeing, and/or safety, please complete this form: Concerning Behavior Referral Form.
Please also contact, Maya Sullivan, Dean of Students, with the CARE Team or BIT Team for advice and support as needed.
About CARE Team:
The Metropolitan State University’s CARE Team is a campus-wide group collaborating on identification, assessment, intervention, and referral of students experiencing challenging circumstances that may affect their holistic well-being, safety, or academic success.
About BIT Team:
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a campus resource established to act as a multidisciplinary, central network to receive, collect, assess, and when it deems appropriate, act upon information on behavior of concern exhibited by a student or group of students.
About Metro CARES:
Metro CARES is a free and confidential, crisis phone support line that has licensed counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Students can call for help with concerns of anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship concerns, thoughts of suicide, etc. Faculty, staff, and students can also call the line when they are concerned about a student and need consultation. To reach a counselor, call 651.793.1568 and press option “0”.
Training for Faculty and Staff:
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour in-person course open to faculty, staff, and students that teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use related crises, as well as how to recognize a problem, give reassurance and refer them to seek professional help. Please check our Events section for upcoming sessions.
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — QPR is a nationally recognized suicide prevention training that offers 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. If you are interested in this training, please contact Counseling Services at 651.793.1568 for more information.