Counseling Center

Recognize and respond to students in distress

Amherst is a small, tightly knit community which facilitates close relationships.  The more familiar you are with a student, the more apparent any changes in mood or behavior will be.  You can play an important role in helping the student get support by recognizing signs that they may be in distress, listening when they choose to disclose personal difficulties, and helping connect them to appropriate resources.

For such a small college, Amherst has a wealth of resources to support and assist students with a wide range of issues.  Students may not be aware of these resources, or may be hesitant to take advantage of them for a number of reasons: they don’t know how, they assume that their problems are too big or too small, they’re intimidated or embarrassed, etc.  Sometimes having a conversation with a student about a specific resource can encourage them to take the next steps.  Refer to the pages in the left navigation for more information about specific concerns.