Center for Health Education & Wellness


Faculty/Staff

It can be overwhelming when you are faced with a situation with a student that is out of your comfort zone and/or training. It can also be hard to know what to do, especially if you have a strong working relationship with the student or if that student has confided in you. The goal of 974-HELP is to create a way for faculty, staff, students and parents to express their concerns and to reach out for support for the student, whether undergraduate and graduate. Each call is handled with the utmost concern, is evaluated and assessed, and results in appropriate action being taken on an individual basis. If the student is disruptive and inappropriate in class and the behavior is interfering with teaching and studying, you can fill out an incident report through Student Conduct and Community Standards

 
 
 
 

How Do You Know When a Student is Struggling?

Here are some signs that a student may be “distressed” or struggling:
Academic Changes:

  • Missing assignments, homework, and tests
  • Numerous or excessive absences
  • Disruptive behavior in class or behavior changes
  • Performance changes (involved to detached behavior in class, passing to failing grades, calm or quiet to verbal or irritable demeanor)

Behavioral or Emotional Challenges and Changes:

  • Isolating self from others
  • Withdrawing from friends or social events/commitments
  • Increased irritability or anger
  • Tearfulness or becoming easily upset
  • Changes in sleep (not sleeping at all or sleeping all the time)
  • Changes in eating (not eating at all or eating non-stop)
  • Increased drinking or drug use that is interfering with ability to complete daily tasks
  • Bizarre changes in behavior (irrational thinking, euphoric thinking or behavior, hearing things or seeing things that are not there)
  • Disruptive behavior (aggressive, argumentative, irrational)
  • Anxiety or depression that keeps student from completing daily tasks such as going to class, eating, sleeping, socializing, and connecting to others
  • Incoherent speech (not able to understand or follow)
  • A “not caring” attitude toward life, grades, friends, family, etc

Physical Characteristic Changes:

  • Decline or change in hygiene
  • Not showering
  • Wearing same or dirty clothes
  • Not caring about appearance (not shaving, brushing hair, or applying makeup as before)

Students Who May Need Immediate Assistance:

  • Exhibits self-harming behaviors (cutting, burning, scarring)
  • Has suicidal thoughts or attempt (wanting to take own life or thinking everyone would be better if gone, has attempted to harm self)
  • Has thoughts of harming others (direct or indirect)
  • Is involved in an unhealthy relationship (emotionally, physically or sexually abusive)
  • Demonstrates stalking behaviors (overly focused behavior on an individual; following student physically or via social media; excessively contacting student when told not to do so; constant need or desire to approach student; giving unwanted gifts to student)
  • A student who has been sexually assaulted or who is experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking

What You Can Do:

  • If your student’s behavior is an imminent threat to him/herself or others (direct plan to harm self or others or cannot be left unsupervised due to behavior) CALL 911
  • If there is no immediate threat but you are concerned for your student’s well-being and safety call 974-HELP (4357)
  • We keep the identity of those who call 974-HELP anonymous to the student unless you express that you want the student to know that you reached out to us. Please know that sometimes students only tell a few people what they are struggling with so they may be able to figure out on their own who called to report a concern.
  • Once we meet with a student we may be limited in our ability to share information due to FERPA regulations

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