The following are indications that a student may be experiencing significant emotional distress
- Noticeable change in personality
- Frequent crying
- Dramatic weight loss or gain
- Social withdrawal
- Alcohol and/or other drug use or abuse
- Odd behavior, peculiar speech
- Deterioration in personal hygiene
- Direct or indirect reference to suicide, preoccupation with death and morbid subjects
- Failure to attend class or do assigned work
- Frequent requests for attention, highly dependent behavior
- Compulsive behaviors
- Unruly, abusive behavior, on-going anger, vandalism
- Listless, lethargic, "depressed" appearance
- Promiscuous sexual behavior
- Self-injurious behavior (e.g., cutting, burning)
Once you've identified a student in distress, you can Make a Referral.
You or the student can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
You or the student can contact the Mental Health TAP Line (local community agency providing 24 hour crisis intervention) 1-800-222-9016.