Family concerned about a student
CAPS values students' autonomy in seeking therapeutic services. Therefore, we do not reach out to students who are not engaged in therapy. If you are worried about a K-Staters, follow the link below to complete a “Student of Concern” report which will be handled by the Office of Student Life.
If you feel it requires immediate action please call 911 or KSUPD, the campus police, at 785-532-6412.
As a parent or family member, you may also want to know about the other mental health resources in the community. Psychology Today's Therapist Finder will give you the ability to see a list of providers in the Manhattan area, insurance companies the individuals are credentialed with, and their corresponding specialties.
If you have immediate concerns about the safety of a student, please call 911.
If your family member is sharing concerning things like "I just don't want to be here any more," or "It would be easier if I was dead," please take this statements seriously.
You can contact CAPS for consultation between the hours of 8-5, M-F
You can also contact Suicide Prevention resources immediately.
Suppose you think your student is restricting caloric intake, bingeing, vomiting, making repeated statements about weight or body image, using laxatives/diet pills/diuretics, or over-exercising. In that case, you can express care and concern about your student's behavior. Recognize that an eating disorder is a serious medical and psychological problem. Ignoring the disordered eating behavior will not make the behavior disappear. On the other hand, parents cannot effectively "do therapy" with their own family. Instead, encourage your student to seek assistance from trained professionals. Avoid overly focusing on your student's weight or looks. Avoid blaming them for the disorder. Instead, engage in an open dialogue about feelings. Anticipate that your student may be hesitant or resistant to seeking treatment. Recognize also that recovery is a process, and relapses may occur.
If you would like to consult further, feel free to contact us. CAPS can provide treatment for eating disorders, but eating disorders that require a higher level of care will be referred to the community or a treatment facility.
For more information, please visit How to Help Someone With an Eating Disorder in College from the Child Mind Institute.
Resources to help parents
We recognize that when a family members make a decision to attend college, their choices affect you. We hope the following information gives you some options to support your family member from afar.
For additional resources see:
- LD Online: Articles and resources about learning disabilities; has a college section
- College Confidential: Articles and discussion forums around all college related topics
- NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness: Awareness, education, and advocacy for individuals and families affected by mental illness
- The Jed Foundation: Working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students