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How To Help A Friend

Ongoing research tells us that many college students report experiencing stress related to personal relationships, the death or illness of someone close, or parental conflict. These issues, along with the pressure of midterm and final exams and the approaching holiday season, can lead to diminished academic and job performance as well as reduced participation in the classroom or other activities.  If you encounter a friend who is struggling and whose behavior raises concerns, there are several things you can do.

1. You can talk privately to your friend about your concerns and observations. This can be a helpful first step.

2. If the issue remains unresolved or you would like suggestions regarding how to approach a friend who you are concerned about, please contact the Dean of Students Office or the University Counseling Center (UCC).

  • The UCC has counselors available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. until

4:30 p.m. to assist students on a walk-in basis. Therapists also provide direct consultation to faculty/staff who call with questions or concerns.

  • The Dean of Students Office staff is available to consult with faculty and staff members on Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

3. If you are concerned about a friend who displays behaviors that may result in self- harm or harm towards others, you should report those concerns to your advisor, direct supervisor, Housing, or Dean of Students Office immediately. In the case of an emergency or if you need to contact someone after hours, please call 911 or University Police (UPD) at 777-3491.

For additional information for assisting a student in distress, please contact the Dean of Students office (777-2664) or the Counseling Center (777-2127). Additional information is also available on our websites at and

Dr. Cara Halgren, Director of the Crisis Team and Associate Dean of Students
Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students
Dr. Myron Veenstra, Director of the Counseling Center
Duane Czapiewski, Chief of Police


Dean of Students
180 McCannel Hall
2891 2nd Avenue Stop 9040
Grand Forks, ND 58202

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