Before expressing concern directly to the student, it may help to discuss the situation with someone else, such as a trusted friend or family member. CAPS clinicians are also available to provide consultation, which can help you explore different options to assist the student you are concerned about. Call CAPS during business hours at 206.296.6090 to request consultation.
Here are some communication strategies that might be helpful to you in expressing your concern:
Express your concern directly to the person you are worried about. It is important to do so in a compassionate and non-blaming manner. Avoid giving ultimatums or trying to pressure someone into changing or getting help.
If you or someone around you is experiencing an emergency or are in a crisis, please call one of the numbers below to get in touch with someone right away: