Worried about a student?
If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a student, call MNU Campus Safety at 913.971.3299 or 911 and DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE.
MNU Campus Police will ensure they are safe and will help facilitate an appropriate transfer for evaluation, with the assistance of their resident educator (RE) if possible.
- Changes in sleep/not sleeping
- Changes in eating patterns
- Poor concentration or motivation
- Loss of energy
- Lack of interest
- Low self-esteem
- Severe mood swings
- Hopelessness, guilt or suicidal thinking
- Intense worries or fears that interfere with daily functioning
- Change in patterns of functioning- missing classes, assignments, social engagements
- Drastic or bizarre changes in behavior, personality, or routine
- Isolating oneself
- Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
- Unexplained bruises, cuts or burns
HOW TO APPROACH A STUDENT OF CONCERN
- Always approach a student when you can be alone with them, for their protection and privacy.
- Express your concern with kindness and asked open-ended questions.
- Offer to assist them for help.
- Encourage them to connect with someone trustworthy in their lives (family, RE, coach, faculty, staff, etc)
- Share that the MNU Counseling and Wellness Center can provide one-time appointments to evaluate whether counseling would be helpful.
In most cases, if you have concerns it would be appropriate to share that information with someone on the Student Development Staff.