Nov. 17 UCITE session to discuss “Identifying and helping students in distress”

College is a stressful time for students: they’re away from home, pressured by academic requirements and social responsibilities, feeling their way through new relationships and opportunities. In addition to these “normal” stressors of college life, many Case Western Reserve University students are attempting to accomplish an overwhelming combination of busy class schedules, extracurricular responsibilities, work and social activities. This potentially unhealthy combination leads to many issues, but one of the most potent side effects is pure sleep deprivation.

Many faculty members can sense when a student is having difficulties. But what are the choices when you identify signs of these stresses or problems beyond the normal scope of classroom life—what should one then do? What is the right thing to do, whom does one contact, and how?

How these issues affect students, and what can faculty members do about those effects? This will be the topic for the next UCITE session, held Nov. 17, noon-1 p.m. in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Library. Jes Sellers, director of University Counseling Services, will give an overview of exactly the kinds of effects stress and sleep deprivation have on students. He will also share important information for faculty members about students experiencing stress in general and what, if anything, they can do to help.

Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the sessions; RSVP to