Students in Distress
Students juggle a lot: academics, jobs, and social obligations all put pressure on them. Sometimes a student’s behaviors can be a warning sign of a deeper problem that needs support. Students are often unaware of all the resources that exist on campus to support them. If you are concerned about a student reach out to SafeCampus and we can provide you with the appropriate campus resources. Call us 24/7 at 206-685-SAFE (7233).
Warning Signs that a Student is in Distress
- Change in participation level in classroom activities
- Disclosing distressing life circumstances; finances, family or relationship
- Loss of interest in normal activities; withdrawal from usual social interactions; seclusion, unwillingness to communicate
- Significantly increased activity, for instance restlessness or non-stop talking
- Suspiciousness, or feelings of being persecuted that do not seem warranted
- Inappropriate or bizarre conversation
- Unusual irritability; outbursts of anger, unexplained crying, aggressiveness, excessive anxiety
- Significant decline in personal hygiene, grooming and/or standard of dress
- A noticeable change from socially appropriate behavior
- Signs of eating disorders including significant rapid weight loss or gain
- Alcohol or drug abuse or other self-destructive behavior including evidence of self-harm
- Extreme shyness, lack of social skills, difficulty in making and keeping friends.
- Severe homesickness, graduation anxiety
- For more warning signs see additional Behaviors to Watch For
Offering Support to a Student Who is in Distress:
- Consult: Call SafeCampus to learn more about resources for students in distress and what your response options are.
- Reach out: Share with the student the behavior observations you have made and ask if they want to talk about it.
- Listen: Keep questions to a minimum and ask how you can help.
- Connect: Share campus resources with them.
SafeCampus is the central reporting office if you are concerned for yourself or a friend. We have trained specialists who will take your call, connect you with resources, and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. We are available 24/7.
Health and Wellness Student Care Program
Health and Wellness is a starting point for students in distress and in need of multiple levels of support.
UW Counseling Center
The UW Counseling Center supports students in all aspects of their development, providing personal and career counseling, study skills assistance, and other services to those currently enrolled. The Center is ready to respond to students in crisis situations. Consultations with faculty, staff, and parents who have concerns about a student are also available.
Hall Health Mental Health Clinic
Hall Health Mental Health Clinic provides mental health services to students, faculty and staff, including assessments; individual, couple, family and group therapy; medication evaluation and management; and referrals when appropriate to other campus or community resources.