Faculty & Staff Information

How to refer a student to CMHS

  1. Faculty and/or any concerned campus staff person can refer a student by having the student call to make an appointment for Triage.
  2. Faculty and/or any concerned campus staff person can walk the student over to the CMHS office.
  3. Faculty/Staff person can reference more detail about our CMHS Staff to help refer your student directly to a person on staff rather than just to our office.
  4. Faculty and/or any concerned campus staff person can request assistance from campus Police if concerned that a student may be at risk of hurting self or others.
  5. Faculty/Staff concerned about a student can contact the CARE TEAM.

Who gets services at CMHS

Any student registered at Storrs qualifies for services. Here are just a few of the concerns that bring students to seek counseling:

  • Adjustment to college life
  • Low self-esteem
  • Assertiveness and decision making
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Sexual orientation or coming out
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lack of motivation
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Eating disorders
  • Out of control thoughts/behaviors
  • Difficulty with attention/concentration
  • Illness or death of a family member or close friend
  • Relationships and communication issues (friends, partners, roommates)
  • Uncertainty about leaving school
  • Parent and family conflicts
  • Coping with medical illness
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

 What services are offered at CMHS?

  • Individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy.
  • Medication evaluation and monitoring
  • Emergency services
  • Referrals
  • Consultation services for faculty and staff
  • For a full listing of CMHS Services

What might faculty watch out for when concerned about a student

  • Students exhibiting emotional distress: signs of anxiety, depression, unmanageable anger
  • Isolated students
  • Adjustment issues
  • A stress level that raises concern
  • Excessive worries
  • Notably elevated or decreased mood
  • Suspected alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Notable irritability, disruptive behaviors and peer conflicts
  • Fatigue and social withdrawal
  • Threatening and/or aggressive behavior to self and/or others
  • Signs of inability to care for self
  • Indications of self-destructive thoughts (verbalized, written)
  • Any significant change in a student’s behavior, appearance or demeanor

Why Do People Consider Using Counseling

Counseling is a partnership between an individual and a professional who is trained to help people understand their feelings and assist them with changing their behavior. People often consider counseling under the following circumstances:

  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness in their futures.
  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function day to day. For example, they are unable to concentrate on assignments and their class performance suffers as a result.
  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or others.
  • They are troubled by emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends.
  • They just need someone with whom to talk.

As faculty and staff, you are often the first to notice concerning behavior from our students. If you have and concerns or questions, ask! Consult with fellow faculty members, call CMHS, contact the Dean of Student Services. There are many on the UConn campus who are here to help. Open communication is one of our best ways to reduce problem behaviors and help our troubled students.