Helping Students in Distress 

Helping students in distress, the Counseling Center has created a quick reference guide for all who interact with students. This handbook is an introductory tool to provide support and information to assist faculty and staff to decide if, when, and how to intervene with a student in apparent distress. The following link will take you to the e-book version of the Helping Students in Distress Handbook


Reasons Students Seek Mental Health Services:

Anxiety or stress resulting from academics, coursework, and grades

Adjusting to social life at college

Feeling disconnected from support systems at home

Loneliness, homesickness, feeling like you "don't belong" 

Difficulties communicating with professors, making friends, and developing a support system at college 

Difficulties in relationships with roommates, friends, or partners

Financial problems

Sleeping difficulties or changes in eating habits

Balancing multiple demands (academic, relationships, and finances) 

Feeling Unmotivated, Sad, Angry, or Depressed

Loss of a loved one

Dating violence or sexual assault

Other concerns resulting from personal issues


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Respond to Violence
Please click the links below to learn more about how to gain resources and support for you or a loved one who may have experience acts of violence (i.e. physical, sexual, gun, etc).


Respond to Violence Website:



Respond to Violence "Interpersonal Violence" Video: 

Respond to Violence: "Gun Violence" Video:



ULifeline is your online resources for college mental health. It is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where you can be comfortable searching for the information you need regarding emotional health. Please visit the ULifeline website to find facts on emotional health and wellness, learn how to help a friend in need, or even complete anonymous self-evaluations by clicking here.


For resources on all things related to mental health check out Psych Central 


Top Five Mental Health Problems Facing College Students  - 

Drug Free Schools and Campuses Biennial Report 2018-2020.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (EDGAR Part 86 Subpart B) (DFSCA) requires institutions of higher education, such as Governors State University, to certify compliance with the regulations set forth for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse of students and employees of the institution. The biennial report is available upon request from the Director of Counseling and Wellness, Director of Financial Aid, or the Director of Sponsored Programs. Biennial reports are kept for three review cycles.