RED FOLDER: Helping Students in Distress
The California State University (CSU) system has created a new electronic resource entitled, the Red Folder, to help faculty and staff identify, respond, and refer students in distress. The Red Folder initiative was created through the support of the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI), which promotes and applies strategies to strengthen student mental health services across all CSU campuses. The CSU recognizes that students might seek support and counseling from faculty and staff members whom they have fostered a trusting relationship. For this reason, the Office of the Chancellor is providing each campus with tools that will assist its faculty and staff in connecting distressed students with the appropriate campus services.
The Red Folder is an electronic reference guide that contains safety tips and contact information for a wide variety of emergency campus resources to immediately help any student in distress. Also, it provides guidance on responding to incidents in which a student might be self-danger or threat to others. The Red Folder was developed by a systemwide workgroup consisting of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) directors, counselors, student conduct administrators and health educators.
There are three resources associated with the Red Folder that are available to staff and faculty. A Red Folder icon that will be installed on every employee's computer to quickly access the Red Folder. A hard copy of the Red Folder was distributed to campus staff and faculty in late November 2014. To request a hard copy of the Red Folder please contact Dr. Ian Wallace. A free mobile application of the Red Folder is also availavble for personal electronic devices, which can be downloaded for the iPhone and Android operating systems.
Signs and Symptoms of Psychological Distress
Tips for Helping Students in Distress