CAPS believes that every faculty and staff member contributes to the mental health of Cal Maritime students and to our community. As intelligent, hard working people who have frequent contact with students, you are in a prime position to get to know students--this includes their habits and tendencies, which are often central to noticing changes in mental health. Therefore, your observations and insight are valued. For information about recognizing specific signs of distress read more here.
If you are concerned about a student you are encouraged to consult The RED FOLDER as well as to consult with CAPS. The Counselor will help you:
Assess the situation, its seriousness, and the need for referral
Identify resources for the student
Find the best way to make the referral, if needed
Clarify your own feelings and consider ways you can be most effective
Discuss follow-up concerns
If you feel there is a possible immediate safety risk—for the student or others—contact Campus Police at 911.
CAPS is a student-funded service that exists for the primary purpose of improving the mental health and well being of students. This mission is consistent with CSU Executive Order 1053. Faculty and staff members seeking personal counseling are encouraged to utilize their Employee Assistance Program, personal health insurance, as well as community resources. The CAPS counselor is available to faculty and staff for emergencies as well as for consultation seeking personal counseling.