Faculty Syllabus Statements

Suicide is a challenging and difficult problem which make many individuals uncomfortable if they are unsure of what to do or say. Faculty members can make a difference in their students' lives by encouraging them to seek help and connecting them to resources on campus when they are in need. Below you will find four example syllabus statements. These examples are of varied length and with different levels of personalization, designed to provide faculty with a statement that meets both their comfort level and the needs of their students. 

For questions, concerns, or for more information please contact the ISPI team at ispi@uaa.alaska.edu. 

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Brief Syllabus Statement: 53 words

The UAA community is committed to and cares about all students. If you or someone you know at UAA feels overwhelmed, hopeless, depressed, and/or is thinking about dying by suicide, supportive services are available and effective. For immediate help contact the Alaska Careline: 877-266-4357. More information and local resources are located at www.uaa.alaska.edu/ispi.

Basic Mental Health Syllabus Statement: 93 words

As a student, you may experience a range of challenges that can interfere with learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, substance use, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may diminish your academic performance and/or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. UAA services are available and treatment does work. You can learn more about confidential mental health services available on campus at either: www.uaa.alaska.edu/studenthealth/ or www.uaa.alaska.edu/psych/services/. 24 hour emergency help is also available through the Alaska Careline at 877-266-4357 or at www.carelinealaska.com.

Signs and Resources Syllabus Statement: 170 words

The UAA community is committed to and cares about all students. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health problems can help you or others to consider seeking care that can help. These are some signs that may be reason for concern: 

  1. Feeling hopelessness, worthlessness, depressed, angry or guilty 
  2. Withdrawal from friends, family and activities that used to be fun
  3. Changes in eating or sleeping patterns 
  4. Feeling tired or exhausted all of the time
  5. Trouble concentrating, thinking, remembering or making decisions 
  6. Restlessness, irritability, agitation or anxious movements or behaviors  
  7. Neglect of personal care  
  8. Reckless or impulsive behaviors (e.g., drinking or using drugs excessively or being unsafe in other ways) 
  9. Persistent physical symptoms (e.g., headaches, digestive problems or chronic pain) that do not respond to routine treatment  
  10. Thoughts about death or suicide

Treatment for mental health problems is effective. More information and resources are located at www.uaa.alaska.edu/ispi. Immediate help (24/7) is available through the Alaska Careline: 877-266-4357 or at www.carelinealaska.com.

Personal Investment Syllabus Statement: 184 words

Diminished mental health, including significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, or problems with eating and/or sleeping can interfere with optimal academic performance. The source of symptoms might be strictly related to your course work; if so, please speak with me. However, problems with relationships, family worries, loss, or a personal struggle or crisis can also contribute to decreased academic performance. 
UAA provides mental health services to support the academic success of students. The Student Health and Counseling Center and the Psychological Services Center both offer low cost, confidential services to help you manage personal challenges. 
In the event I suspect you need additional support, I will express my concerns and the reasons for them, and remind you of campus resources (e.g., Counseling Services, Dean of Students, etc.) that might be helpful to you.  It is not my intention to know the details of what might be bothering you, but simply to let you know I am concerned and that help, if needed, is available. 
Getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do -- for yourself and for those who care about you.