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.
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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:
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.