Psych-Out: Info for Faculty and Staff

Psych-Out, short for Psychological Outreach, is a Ball State Counseling Center resource for faculty and staff. This Web site provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to partner with the Counseling Center staff to provide students with timely and appropriate mental health services. In so doing, we hope to improve student retention by effectively helping to remove obstacles that impede their success and progress toward graduation. 

Ball State has developed a solid reputation for caring about students which is frequently one of the reasons that students choose to study here. Often, students tell their professors or staff members when they are experiencing problems or are in trouble. The information in this site will provide you with another option to help students who may be struggling with either physical or mental health issues.

Faculty and staff have very important roles in the lives of Ball State students.  In addition to providing academic learning to students, you also mentor them, encourage them, and inspire them. Faculty and staff can also be one of the first ones to realize when something is not going right in a student’s life. Perhaps a student suddenly quits going to classes, or dozes off during a lecture, performs much worse on tests and quizzes, or appears more irritable during classroom discussion.  While changes of this nature can signal many things, it may also indicate that the student is struggling with an emotional problem and needs help.

This page is designed to provide you more information about signals of distress in students, tips on how to deal with distressed students, the academic supports that are available, and a description of common mental health issues in students.  Additionally, there is an Employee Assistant Program available to Ball State faculty and staff.

If a student comes to you disclosing that they are suffering from an emotional disorder, you may want to consult with Disability Services to learn about appropriate accommodations that may be recommended. Larry Markle, Director of Disability Services, can be reached at 285-5293.

Why contact the Counseling Center?
Although not all inclusive, the following questions may point out a few instances and reasons for faculty and staff to consult with staff in the Counseling Center:

  • Are you concerned about a student's mental health?
  • Have you found a particular student to be intimidating?
  • Do you encounter student opposition and disruption in the classroom?
  • Are other students intimidated by another student's behavior?
  • Have you ever been concerned that a student might hurt him/herself or someone else?
  • Have you been or are you concerned about student aggression?

If you have questions about our services and/or you want to consult with us about a student, please submit a question to Psych-Out to contact us online. You can also reach us by calling 765-285-1736.

This resource is not intended for crisis/emergency situations. Should you require assistance with a student who is in a crisis/emergency situation, please contact us directly at 765-285-1736 during university business hours. After hours, please contact us at 765-747-7330.