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Signs to Look For (Parents and Family)

The following are signs that might suggest that your student is experiencing psychological distress, particularly if they occur often and emerge within a short period of time. This list is not comprehensive, so if you need more guidance, please contact the Counseling Center or talk more with the student about what they are experiencing:

  • Expressions of hopelessness (e.g. “There’s no point in even trying,” “Nothing matters”)
  • Statements about death or suicide (e.g. “I wish I were dead,” “You would be better off without me”)
  • Statements about wanting to harm others
  • Self-injury (e.g. cutting, scratching, or burning)
  • Unusual or significant changes in mood
  • Major changes in sleep, eating patterns, weight, or hygiene
  • Difficulties with memory, attention, or concentration
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Excessive tension or worry
  • Unusual restlessness, irritability, or hyperactivity; behaving recklessly
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • A decline in academic performance or drop in class attendance
  • Social isolation or withdrawal
  • Paranoid thinking or unusual/bizarre behavior or speech
  • Avoidance of certain places or situations, or fear of being alone