Mental health issues are on the rise on college campuses (Gallagher & American College Counseling Association, [ACCA], 2014). Residence life professionals are often first responders to these issues. College counselors are in a unique position to support these professionals by (a) preparing the residence environment, (b) planning and providing programming on mental health issues, (c) using basic crisis skills, and (d) making referrals. This paper will provide college counselors with the rationale, benefits, and processes for supporting residence life professionals to be mental health first responders
Matthew Paylo, Jake Protivnak, Kyoung Choi, and Matthew Walker. "Preparing mental health first responders: College counselors supporting residence life professionals" The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling & Professional Psychology (2017): 63-78.