Friends and Classmates

If a friend or classmate shows signs of emotional distress or crisis, let them know that counseling services are available at Oakton. Every situation is different, and may require a different response, but here are a few things to keep  in mind.

When to suggest counseling

  • When they present a problem or make a request that is beyond your ability to help.
  • When they seem to be under a lot of stress or exhibit emotional problems.
  • When you have tried to be helpful and there appears to be no improvement.

How to suggest counseling

  • Bring it up. Explain that counseling is free and confidential. 
  • Show them this Web page - or send them a link.

When in doubt, contact Counseling Services and speak with a counselor.