How To Support A Student

If you think a student you know is in distress, you should consider one of two options; either speak with the student directly about your concerns or refer the student to the resources outlined on this website.

Reaching out to show that you care is often the first and best step toward helping an individual seek support and feel better. It sends a clear message to the student that people care about their health and safety. Try to be empathetic and understanding. Everybody experiences hard times  and it should be approached with compassion and support.

If you are concerned about a student, tell them about Middlebury College Counseling (Click Here for information about referring a student). If their concerns do not warrant a referral to Counseling, simply ask the student, “how are you doing?” A simple question such as this can often elicit the information needed to determine if further action is warranted.

If a student is displaying concerning behavior, do not hesitate to consult with peers, colleagues, Commons Deans, and Middlebury College Counseling. Consultation with Counseling can be confidential and anonymous. Additionally, After-Hours Counseling Support is available for consultation whenever Middlebury College Counseling is closed.

Some situations may warrant a higher level of action. If you are concerned about a student’s safety, contact their residential support (e.g. CRD, Commons Dean). You can contact Counseling at any time to consult. You can also call Public Safety’s emergency line (802-443-5911) or go to Porter Emergency Room.

Take care of yourself. Holding conversations with and caring for someone who is in distress can be a difficult task. Take time to do what you need to make sure that you remain healthy. After all, you cannot fully care for someone else unless you take care of yourself. Don’t forget that there are other individuals on campus who can help support the student. It is not your role to solve the student’s problems, rather, you can help provide the resources to enable them to help themselves.

Here is some additional information based on your relationship to the student:

Health Services
Centeno House
1st & 2nd Floor
Phone: 802.443.5135
Fax: 802.443.2066

Counseling
Centeno House
3rd Floor
Phone: 802.443.5141
Fax: 802.443.3407

Sports Medicine
Field House
Phone: 802.443.2315
Fax:  802.443.2094