As a parent, it can be painful to know that your child is experiencing difficulty, especially if you are hundreds or thousands of miles away. However, parents can provide incredible support from a distance and can play a key role in helping to connect their son or daughter with the services they need. Research tells us that, when students experience problems, they are most likely to reach out to family and friends first. In fact, they are about three times more likely to talk to a parent than to seek help from a college counseling center or other professional resource. You are in a position to help.
If you become concerned about your son or daughter’s wellbeing, the first step is to express your concerns in an honest and non-judgmental way. You can discuss the resources available with your child and encourage him or her to connect to the support services at Clark University. If you are still concerned that your child may be at risk and want to alert Clark University staff to what is happening, you may contact the Dean of Students office at (508)793-7423 or the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG) at (508)793-7678. While there are legal limits to what information we are able to disclose to you, we take your concerns seriously and want to partner with you in support of your son or daughter.