A look at Georgia Southern’s ‘Welfare Checks’

Ashton Christianson

Georgia Southern University provides a way for concerned students to check up on their fellow students through a “welfare check.”

A welfare check is a request that a person can make if they have concerns for another person’s well-being or mental health. These concerns must be a legitimate reason for concern such as talk of suicide or have not heard from them for a while.

Some signs that might give one concern for the well being of another’s mental health are things such as the feeling that they might be saying goodbye or talking about suicide.

“When the Office of Public Safety receives a request for a Welfare check, a Public Safety officer will locate and make contact with the individual for whom the request has been made,” Laura McCullough, University Police Chief, said. “They will speak with the person and make a determination through that contact whether the person may need or want any assistance.”

Theses request should be made by someone who knows the concerned party and can be made by contacting UPD at (912) 478-5234.

Ashton Christianson, The George-Anne Daily Reporter, gadigital@goerigasouthern.edu