All members of the US Naval Academy, including Midshipmen, faculty, and staff, can serve as resources to each other and help to identify and support Midshipmen who may be encountering difficulty. Faculty, company staff, and coaches and trainers often serve as the front line of mental health in their ability to recognize distressed students and persuade them to utilize the helping resources available.
Often students are undergoing difficulties related to the transition and adjustment to the USNA. In other cases, however, students may experience a less predictable crisis which challenges their capacity for coping effectively. These crises include the death of family members or friends, dissolution of important relationships or significant shifts in plans for their future. The follow pages have information about crises, warning signs, and referral processes for students and faculty and staff. Remember, if you have any doubts or concerns about a Midshipmen's safety or well-being, you are always welcome to consult with an MDC staffer.