Student Warning Signs
Some warning signs of student distress are thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that interfere with the student’s ability to function academically, socially, and/or personally.
- Frequent absence from class.
- Decreased productivity.
- Decreased quality of work.
- Social withdrawal.
- Emotional lability.
- Regular indications of excessive fatigue.
- Significant changes in weight.
- Heightened nervousness, irritability, aggression.
- Sad or unresponsive demeanor.
- Unruly or threatening behavior
- Bizarre thoughts, speech, and/or behavior.
- Self-reported difficulties with thinking, concentrating, emotions, relationships, etc.
What Can Faculty Do?
- Speak with the student privately and express your observations and concerns.
- Listen to the student without criticizing, judging or appearing punitive.
- Explore with the student possible actions.
- Discuss the existence and usefulness of the Counseling Center.
- Encourage the student to contact the Counseling Center immediately, perhaps from your office.
- If very concerned, personally bring the student to the Counseling Center.