LEVEL 1:  Concerned

You have been using the tools for communication and you are noticing some behaviour that are concerning to you. Some behaviours might look like:

 

  • Isolation
  • Change in mood or personality
  • Academic distress
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time

 

If you notice these or any other behaviours that are concerning to you, please follow the tools for communication. Continue to ask open ended questions and reflect back feelings and needs. After identifying their feelings and needs, help the mentee to move forward by asking questions like: "How would you like to move forward?" "What would you like to do?" You can then utilize the resources found in our links section under "resources" to help them to access the resources they need, if this is needed. Please always feel free to refer to Campus Ministry as well, if needed. 


LEVEL 2: VERY Concerned

If you have concerns about your mentee which are slightly more concerning than the issues listed above, however, their immediate safety, or the safety of another is still not in immediate risk you will need to make use of the referral guide. You can strongly encourage your mentee to seek the help you are suggesting. However, you cannot break their confidentiality unless they are in immediate risk. 

 

Examples of these kinds of situations (where things are critical, but their safety is not at immediate risk) would be:

  • Changes in mood that seems drastic
  • Financial difficulties resulting in lack of food or housing. 
  • Self harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Harassment
  • Domestic issues 
  • Depression (but not thoughts of suicide)

If you notice these or any other behaviours that are very concerning to you, please follow the tools for communication. Continue to ask open ended questions and reflect back feelings and needs. After identifying their feelings and needs, help the mentee to move forward by asking questions like: "How would you like to move forward?" "What would you like to do?" You must then utilize the resources found in our links section under "resources" to help them to access the resources they need. Please refer to Campus Ministry as well. 


LEVEL 3: CRISIS

A crisis situation would be defined as:

 

  • Thoughts of suicide, or attempts at suicide or suicidal behaviours
  • Threat to use a weapon
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Serious or persistent harassment
  • Threat of injury to self or others

If any of these situations arise, or any other, where the immediate safety of your mentee or others is at risk, please follow the crisis management procedure: