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AWARE Network

Recognizing Signs of Distress

Some common signals of emotional and psychological distress include:

  • A rapid or marked change in participation or performance in class
  • Unusual or marked emotional response to events
  • Mention of suicide, self harm or harm to others in the content of coursework
  • Significant change in self-care -- personal hygiene, weight loss or gain, sleeping in class
  • Unusual or inappropriate behavior or talk that concerns other students or interferes with the educational environment

Cougar Health Services offers resources for working with students in distress


Signs that a student may be experiencing a mental health emergency:

  • Direct suicidal or homicidal statements
  • Confused, repetitive or highly irrational speech
  • Extreme anxiety or panic
  • Aggressive or threatening speech and/or behavior
  • Inability to communicate

In these extreme circumstance, immediately walk the student to Washington building to be seen by either Health and Wellness (1st floor) or Counseling and Psychological Services (3rd floor) or call 911 for assistance.

Submit an AWARE: Assistance and Referral Form