How CAPS Can Help Parents

The transition into college is exciting for parents and students alike. It is also marks unique changes in relationships, independence, and proximity. Parents and family members remain important, key influences in the lives of students and may often be the first to recognize when their student is struggling.

At times, some feel uncertain about how to best support a distressed student. Encouraging and helping your student to seek assistance with the appropriate campus and community resources is important. For questions about mental health, clinicans at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available for consultation.

CAPS is a readily accessible point of contact for parents, faculty, staff and students who are concerned about a distressed student.  Counseling faculty will consult about a student, provide referrals to campus departments, develop actions plans, and follow up with treatment when it is appropriate.

Be aware that CAPS faculty adhere strictly to ethical practices of confidentiality. Counselors are available for consultation and appointments nbetween the hours of 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday.

BYU also provides after-hours phone consultation for faculty, staff and students who may be concerned about a distressed student during weekends, evenings or holidays. Call BYUPD at 801.422.2222 and ask to speak with the on-call counselor.

If there is a potential for danger to self/others or immediate attention is needed, call Campus Police (911 or 801.422.2222) .

This website provides information that may help in recognizing and responding to students in distress and making appropriate referrals. For comments or other questions, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 801.422.3035.