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For Parents

As a parent it can be difficult to see your loved one struggling from afar while they are in college. If you believe your loved one may need support, we encourage you to reach out to them directly with The Counseling Center’s information. If you believe they are in immediate danger, facing a life threatening or medical emergency please call 911.

Common Questions from Loved Ones

Can I make an appointment for my student?

The Counseling Center only offers voluntary treatment, so the student must be willing to attend the session. We recommend the student make the appointment. This allows the student to take ownership of their needs.

Can I find out if my loved one is attending their appointments?

Without a signed release of information on file, we cannot confirm or deny care taking place at the Counseling Center.

My loved one is struggling and refuses to seek help, what can I do?

Encourage open communication by showing empathy and being open to listening to their concerns. Seeking support can be a scary process, normalize seeking supportive services as a strength.

If you fear that they are at risk of harming themselves or someone else, please contact 911 and/or Campus Safety 863.680.4125

How can I tell if my loved one is struggling?

College can be a challenging time. Listen out for key phrases such as, “I’m really overwhelmed” or “I’m not sure I’m cut out for this.”

Be aware of how major life changes may be impacting their wellness. This may include: loss of a loved one/friend, change within the family (divorce, death, moving, etc.), challenges to basic needs (safety, food, shelter).

When you see your loved one, if they appear to have changes to their functioning (skipping classes or work, no longer showering or maintaining hygiene, reporting a change in sleep, gently ask how they are doing or if they need support.

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