One is too many

This collaborative effort is intended to expand the ethic of caring for our students, growing their sense of connectedness and belonging as a part of the UNI community. As we begin this effort, our goal is to reach faculty and staff with our One Is Too Many presentation. To schedule this presentation for your department, please contact Shelley O'Connell, Executive Director for Health and Recreation Services, at


If you recognize that a student is in distress or you think a student is at risk for suicide, offer guidance, support, and resources. Begin the conversation by saying…

  • I’m worried about you because… you have been missing class, turning in late assignments, seem sad or withdrawn.

  • How are things going for you?

  • Do you want to talk? 

You are not expected to have all of the answers. There are several resources on and off campus that you can provide to that student before their concern becomes a crisis.

Challenge what you do a on a day to day basis:

  • Use a supportive tone and attitude.
  • Listen to students’ concerns without judgment.
  • Interact in a responsive and respectful manner.
  • Create an atmosphere in which all questions are welcomed and valued.
  • Provide encouragement to students to seek services when needed. Add a statement about seeking help at UNI on your course syllabus.
  • Genuinely show you care about students’ academic success and overall well-being.
  • Help to promote a feeling of belonging and connectedness in the classroom and at UNI.

Reflect on the systems put in place:

  • Challenge stereotypes about mental health problems and stigma about counseling.
  • You are an expert in many things, but no one is an expert in everything. You are not expected to have all of the answers. There are several resources on and off campus that you can help a student get in contact with before their concern becomes a crisis. 

What Can You Do To Help Create A Culture of Care?

Add a statement about seeking help at UNI on your class syllabus

Example: When stress becomes overwhelming, it is okay to turn to others for professional help. The Wellness Resource Lab, WRC 104, might be a good place to start. Health educators on staff can help locate self-help resources and provide referral. In addition, UNI has an excellent counseling center staff that can serve your needs. Counseling services are confidential and provided free of charge to students who have paid the Student Health Fee. To schedule an Initial Assessment appointment, please call the Counseling Center at (319) 273- 2676.

Provide referrals and resources to campus social groups (ethnic, LGBT* Center, sports clubs, student organizations and clubs, etc.)

  • Campus support (health services, mental health services, career services, counseling, etc.)

  • Community support (support groups, spiritual/religious organizations, etc.)

  • Online support (online support groups, educational documents, etc.)

Ulifeline: ULifeline offers students a mental health screening tool, information about mental health issues geared towards you, and resources for learning more and getting help. Go to and check out the Self-Evaluator.

On-Campus Resources

Statewide Crisis Line 1-800-332-4224
*The Foundation 2 Crisis Line is Certified by the American Association of Suicidology.

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
24-Hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Cedar Fall Counseling Associates
(319) 277-4383

Conditt Psychological Services
Phone: (319) 277 1020

Lisa H-K Counseling
319-322-TALK  (319-322-8255)

On Eagles Wings Counseling Services

Covenant Psychiatry Clinic
(319) 268-9700