markedly changed patterns of interaction (avoiding participation or dominating discussions)
unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
withdrawal from activities or friends
significant change in sleep or eating patterns
perfectionism, procrastination, or excessive worrying
inability to communicate
loss of contact with reality
suicidal thoughts or expressions of intention
Does the behavior place anyone at (immediate) risk?
If the behavior is placing someone in immediate risk or if a serious or threatening incident occurs in the classroom, academic building or on campus, Public Safety should be contacted immediately by calling 737-7000.
If you are unsure about whether or how to intervene with a student who appears to be distressed, ask yourself the following questions:
Is this student's behavior disturbingly out of the ordinary? Is the behavior getting worse? Is this beyond my skill level? Am I feeling like I want to talk with someone about my observations and concerns?
If the answer is "yes" to any of those questions, it is probably a good idea to consult with a colleague. An on-call counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is generally available at 737-2131 during business hours to help you evaluate the situation and assist you in considering your options for intervention.