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.
UW Bothell CARE Team
- Submit an online CARE report https://uwb-advocate.symplicity.com/care_report/
The UW Bothell CARE Team is a confidential resource for the entire campus community when there are concerns about a student’s well-being. Our purpose is to provide proactive and supportive consultation, assessment, response, and education regarding students who may be at risk or in distress. The CARE team will respond within one business day.
UWPD Victim Advocate
The Victim Advocate works with staff, faculty and students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The Victim Advocate meets with individuals to offer support and guide them through their rights, options, and resources.
UW Bothell Security and Campus Safety
- Emergency calls: 911
- Emergency line for security: 425-352-5222
- Non-emergency calls: 425-352-5359
Provides emergency response to violent incidents and direct threats of harm to persons or property. UW Bothell Security and Campus Safety also provides Crime Prevention services designed to assist in identifying problems and intervening to prevent violence.
UW Bothell Counseling Services (available to UW students)
UW Bothell Counseling Services provides confidential, short-term, personal counseling, free-of-charge, to currently-enrolled UW Bothell students. Students utilize counseling services for a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and adjustment issues.
UW Human Resources
Employees can contact your department’s assigned HR Consultant for assistance and advice on dealing with workplace behavior or performance concerns.
UW Office of the Ombud
Welcome to the Office of the Ombud. We serve the entire University of Washington community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future.
UW CareLink (available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff)
- TTY/TDD: 877-334-0489
The UW CareLink program offers short-term confidential counseling services for faculty and staff at no cost. Master’s-level counselors are available to take your call, any time day or night.