Hope is your best defense against suicide.
Many students initially seek assistance from faculty or staff members when they are having problems meeting their academic responsibilities. Others don’t seek the assistance directly but may display warning signs that they are having difficulties managing their academic and personal life. Below are some common signs that can serve as guidelines for identifying students in distress:
- Excessive procrastination and very poorly prepared work, especially if inconsistent with previous work.
- Infrequent class attendance with little or no work completed.
- Dependency and/or repeated requests for special consideration (e.g., the student who hangs around or makes excessive appointments during office hours, frequent deadline extensions).
- Inability to make decisions despite your repeated efforts to clarify or encourage.
- Impaired speech and disjointed thoughts.
- Listlessness, lack of energy, or frequently falling asleep in class OR
- Behavior that regularly interferes with effective class management.
- Frequent or high levels of irritable, unruly, abrasive, or aggressive or threatening behavior.
- Expressions of suicidal thoughts (e.g., referring to suicide as a current option).
- Marked changes in personal hygiene.
- Excessive weight gain or loss.
- Overly nervous, tense or tearful.
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