Preparing Your Student for College Life
Beginning college is a unique experience in your student’s life. There are many things you and your student can do to care for your student’s mental and physical health to help facilitate a smooth transition into college life. Some suggestions:
- Educate your students about health insurance and create a list of emergency referrals including family members, health providers, and other significant members.
- Plan ahead for doctor’s visits and medication refills.
- If you have concerns about your student’s mental health or if there are ongoing psychiatric issues that require long-term counseling, contact us in advance for referrals for local providers.
Note: Counseling is not mandated nor required for students as effective counseling must be voluntary. In life-threatening situations, authorities at SJU may require a safety assessment. However, CCC does not provide court-ordered nor other litigation required counseling.
Crisis Situations/Consultations (Emergencies)
There is a clinician on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help your SJU student.
Contact CCC immediately if you become aware of a student who is making direct or indirect references to self-harm, suicide, harming others, or appears to be out-of-touch with reality.
Parents and family may call CCC during regular hours at: (718) 990 – 6384 or Public Safety after hours at (718) 990 – 5252 for consultation.
If your student requires immediate assistance call 911 or take him or her to the nearest emergency room.
Refering a Student to Counseling (Non-emergencies)
Here are some tips for concerned parents who believe their student may be experiencing difficulties.
- Offer supportive feedback
In a supportive a supportive manner, talk with your student about your concerns. Provide examples about what you have observed and explain why you are concerned.
- Normalize the student's experience
It is not unusual for students to experiences some difficulties with adjustment as they take this next step in their lives, often away from their homes and primary support system. Students can have their first encounter with or a reoccurrence of symptoms of depression or anxiety during this time of transition and change. It can be helpful to let remind your student that having such feelings is not uncommon as your student navigates a new environment and new responsibilities (e.g. being away from home, living with roommates, time management, making new friends, etc.). Then, you can work with your student to discuss how your student can best cope with these new challenges.
- Clarify expectations and roles
College is a time when roles and communication can change within the family. It can be helpful for parents and students to clarify their expectations (e.g. grades, phone calls, visits, etc).
- Encourage the student to meet with a counselor
When a student seems to be experiencing more stress than he or she is well able to cope with on his or her own, it can be helpful to remind your students that counselors are available for counseling and consultation right on campus. A student can come for one session to ask questions and seek support and make a decision about whether regular counseling would be helpful. Our staff strives to listen to your students and work with your student to determine what interventions might work best in every situation.