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Students: How to Help a Friend in Need

Certain groups of students need more support than others in and out of college. These groups include students undergoing psychological distress, Veterans on campus, and students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ).

All Irvine Valley College (IVC) students can receive counseling from the dedicated and knowledgeable counselors and staff at the Health and Wellness Center and the Counseling Center. Students can also receive psychological help at the Health and Wellness Center from psychological interns. Both are located in the Student Services Center. Students can always walk into the Counseling Center and the Health and Wellness Center directly for assistance.

Some students may turn to a friend first; and that friend may be you. When a friend turns to you, it is because they trust and respect you. Other times, before a friend comes to you for help, you may sense that they need your support. You can suggest supportive services such as the IVC Counseling Center or the Health and Wellness Center. You can also use the “Where to Find Help” link on the left side of this page to find a list of campus and community resources.

Below, you will find links to three different online trainings that can help you educate yourself on how to help students whether they are Veterans on campus, a member of the LGBTQ community, or a student in distress. These trainings will help you learn to identify symptoms of distress, understand the unique challenges faced by Veterans on campus, and create a supportive environment for your LGBTQ peers.

Once you have educated yourself, you can help your friends by being knowledgeable about stress-related/stress-inducing factors, and understanding how to help them find supportive services on campus and in the community.

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Course Information

The course takes an average of
1 hour. It is an interactive, self-paced course, so the actual amount of time required will vary by users.

To take the course, follow the instructions below:

  • Go to: or click on the banner below.
    Create a New account or log in using an existing account.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email