Signs of a Distressed Student

These can all be signs of distress in students. This is not a comprehensive list, but a reference. If you’re concerned about a student based on a “gut-feeling” and they don’t exhibit the indicators below, please file a Care Team referral.

Emotional Signs

  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Excessive tearfulness
  • Panicked reactions
  • Irritability
  • Unusual apathy or withdrawn behavior
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Hopelessness
  • Statements indicating troubles or reaching out for assistance

Academic Signs

  • Sudden decline in quality of work
  • Sudden, concerning absences
  • Disturbing content in speech or writing

Physical Signs

  • Worrisome changes in physical appearance: grooming, weight loss/gain, bruises or marks
  • Intoxication or hangovers
  • Disoriented

Safety Risk Signs

  • Implied or direct threats to harm self or others
  • Excessive anger

Contact Information

The Care Team

Student Care Coordinator

Sarah Kenkel
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Sarah Kenkel

Dean of Students

Norman Coley
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Norman Coley

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