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Parent Information

As a parent sending their child away to college, there’s no doubt that you’ll worry about their mental health and well-being. Rest assured that Indiana Tech offers multiple services to help your student thrive mentally and emotionally at school!

Alongside the services provided through Tech, you can still do plenty from home to support your student’s mental health and well-being.

Know the Signs

Knowing the signs of a mental health illness or decline can help you be there for your students and connect them to help when they need it the most.

  • Changes in sleep, such as sleeping too much or not sleeping at all
  • Appetite changes, such as a decline or increase in appetite/eating
  • Mood changes that occur rapidly
  • Increased irritability
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Drop in functioning, such as not attending class or practices
  • Problems with concentrating or memory
  • Loss of desire to participate in any activities
  • Nervousness or increase in fear and suspicion
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or unworthiness

Once you recognize the signs…what’s next?

  • Please encourage them to have an evaluation done by a mental health or healthcare professional
  • Provide them with campus counseling options
  • Schedule an appointment with a walk-in clinic in your area
  • Check-in often and follow up after appointments
  • Complete a safety plan with them
  • Ask them if they are having thoughts of suicide. You can use this questionnaire to guide you.
  • If your student is expressing suicidal thoughts, do not leave them alone until help is available
  • Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for more resources

Emotional Safety Planning

Safety plans are one of the most effective ways to help someone recover from a crisis. All mental health professionals use safety plans. Although they can vary, they all contain the most essential information: emotional triggers, coping skills, safe places to go, and safe people to call.

Indiana Tech offers a free copy of a safety plan that you can use to help your student maintain their mental health and prepare for a mental health crisis. For guidance in completing a safety plan with your student, consult a professional or use this guide!

Safety Plan App

There’s also a highly respected safety plan that we promote among students. This app allows students to have their safety plan accessible wherever they go!

Same concept, different medium!