The college years can be very stressful for many. In the contemporary climate of competition and pressure, some students adequately cope with these stresses, but others find that stress becomes unmanageable and interferes with learning. In some cases, these students may even disrupt the learning of others.

Many students initially seek assistance from faculty or staff members. As such, you are in a unique position to recognize a student who is in need of help and lend him or her support. To lend support it is essential to be well-informed of signs and symptoms of a student who may be in distress and how to respond.