Concerned about a student? Have you noticed behaviors or heard someone say something that worries you or makes you think that they may need help? Perhaps it’s a classmate or friend and you know they are going through a tough time and you don’t know how to get them help or what to do.
If you notice a student that is struggling with any of the following, Guttman has a team of people called BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) that can direct students to resources and solutions before a crisis arises.
- Expressing violent or aggressive thoughts thoughts or says things you think might be disturbing
- Disengaging and/or isolating themselves
- Experiencing dramatic mood shifts
- Making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers
- Making threatening comments in conversation or in writing
- Showing disruptive, unusual, or bizarre behavior
- Expressing thoughts of harming self or others (immediately notify Public Safety or call 911 if someone is at risk of harming themselves or another person. Then complete a BIT referral form. Safety is of utmost importance and must be established first!)
- Psychological or behavioral concerns with no sign of improvement despite referrals (depression, severe anxiety/panic, anger outbursts)
- Abusing alcohol or drugs
- Abuse – physical, emotional, and/or sexual
- Partner violence
Get the student help and support by submitting a BIT Referral Form [link]. Once the form comes in, BIT will reach out to the student. Completing the form can be a huge first step. The form below will start the process. Don’t worry if you can’t or don’t want to answer all the questions. You can also email BIT at GuttmanBIT@guttman.cuny.edu