Recognizing Student Distress
Some common signals of emotional or psychological distress include:
- A rapid or marked change in participation or performance in class,
- Unusual or marked emotional response to events,
- Mention of suicide or homicide 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.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers resources for working with students in distress https://counsel.wsu.edu/for-faculty/
Signs that the student may be experiencing a mental health emergency:
- Direct suicidal or homicidal statements
- Confused, repetitive, or highly irrational speech
- Extreme anxiety; panic
- Aggressive or threatening speech and behavior
- Inability to communicate
In these extreme instances, immediately walk the student to Counseling and Psychological Services (3rd floor; Washington Building), Health and Wellness Services (1st floor; Washington Building) or call 911 for assistance.