How to recognize if someone needs help:

Faculty, staff, parents, and students may encounter someone who is struggling with emotional pain. Many individuals become overwhelmed by stress at some point in college or life. Additionally, a few people experience traumatic events such as sexual assault, discrimination, hate crimes and/or sexual harassment.

 Some of the early signs of someone in need of help include: poor academic or work performance, excessive absences, repeated requests for special help, avoiding or dominating discussions, excessive anxiety when speaking in class, disruptive behavior, troubling emails, Facebook remarks, and references to suicide or isolation from family.


Other signs and concerns:

  • Depressed mood
  • Excessive crying
  • Hopelessness or helplessness
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Angry outbursts
  • Changes in personal hygiene
  • Dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Strange or bizarre behavior
  • Recent loss or break-up
  • Lack of social support
  • Isolating from friends or family
  • Academic failure or perceived failure
  • Financial stress
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Close friend / family who died by suicide


Red Flags (get help right away)

  • Having a plan for suicide
  • Having access to means for suicide (pills, gun, etc.)
  • Putting affairs in order, like giving away possessions
  • Talking about the future without them in it, “I won’t be here by then.”
  • Dramatic mood changes, including suddenly seeming to get better for no reason