Identifying Distressed Students
Any member of The University of Arizona community may come in contact with a distressed student. Many students come to the attention of faculty or staff through journal entries, papers, or shifts in behavior. Being aware of distress signals, methods of intervention, and sources of help for the student can help you provide assistance. The Dean of Students Office and Counseling and Psych Services are available to students, faculty, staff, and parents for consultation and referral. Please contact the Dean of Students Office at (520) 621-7057 or Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) Main Clinic at Campus Health (520) 621-3334 or CAPS North Clinic in the North District at (520) 626-3100 to discuss any concerns. Below are some of the more prevalent behavioral and academic signs that students exhibit when they are in distress.
Changes in behavior
Irregular sleep patterns
Disorientation or confusion
Changes in hygiene
Expressing family problems
Talk of weapons
Plans to commit suicide
Significant weight change
Expressing feelings of helplessness
Inability to concentrate
- Has the student’s personality changed?
- Has the student’s behavior changed?
- Is the change in behavior gradual or is it sudden?
- What kind of support network does the student have?
- Is the student doing anything about his/her situation?