Interpersonal Help

Struggling? Overwhelmed?  Help is available!
College can be an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful time.  Do you know anyone who is struggling interpersonally? Perhaps you’re reading this and thinking, “Wow, that’s me.”  If you or someone you know is in need of help in this area, Tyler Junior College has two resources available to you:  Counseling Services and the Behavioral Intervention Team. 
 
Counseling Services
If you are experiencing any barriers to a successful education, such as feeling overwhelmed or going through significant depression or anxiety, please request an appointment with the TJC Counselor at www.tjc.edu/counselingappointment.  You will receive an automated response with more information and shortly after that, will receive an appointment email. While long term-counseling is not available, short-term counseling and referral to community resources for ongoing services or needs can make a big difference!  TJC Counseling Services are free and available to any enrolled TJC student.   
 
Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
BIT is a group of professionals from a variety of fields throughout the TJC campus who tend to work in departments or areas that work closely with many students.  They are trained to recognize and intervene with students who are at risk for harm to self or others. They meet weekly to discuss and monitor students who are mentioned as concerns either through reports made directly to team members or through the CARE form.  The BIT team formulates plans involving a specific intervention and/or referral to other resources off and on campus.  Their goal is to prevent self-directed or outward-directed violence.  Not all violence is preventable, but much of it is with early interventions.    
 
If you see something, say something!
Not only do TJC employees care greatly about our students, we are proud to create an environment where students care about and support one another.  We must pay attention to others who are struggling and be a support system by referring them to get help. Sometimes you might deal with a roommate, teammate or a classmate who you know pretty well, and you notice warning signs. 
Warning signs to look for include:

  • Significant decline in functioning
  • Bizarre behavior
  • Preoccupation with violent fantasy content
  • Paranoia
  • Significant mood swings
  • Reports of physical or emotional abuse
  • Reports of a desire to harm themselves or others
  • Substance abuse
  • Reports of unmet basic human needs (such as shelter, clothing, food, safety)

These are areas of concern that should be reported to the TJC employee involved in either the class, organization, sport or dorm that you and the student may have in common.  In turn, the TJC employee will turn in a report called a “CARE FORM” that reaches the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Be a part of the great TJC family and help us keep our campus safe.  If you see something, say something!