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Make time to engage in self-care like listening to music, connecting with friends/family, enjoying a hobby, or taking a walk. Most people can benefit from counseling and do not have to be in crisis to seek assistance. If you would like support from a mental health professional, call or visit the Counseling department today.
Signs and symptoms of someone at risk for suicide
Some of the early signs of someone in need of help include:
- Depressed mood
- Excessive crying
- Hopelessness or helplessness
- Changes in personal hygiene
- Dramatic weight loss or gain
- Lack of social support
- Isolating from friends or family
Signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis
A mental health crisis is a situation in which a person is attempting to kill themselves or is seriously contemplating or planning to do so.
- 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
Students may be referred to the care coordinator by faculty, staff, family or other students. Students can also self-refer to the care coordinator. The goal is to prevent more serious difficulties and help the student attain success.
An individual whose behavior has become threatening, disruptive or violent requires a different kind of approach. A very small number of people become aggressive when they are extremely frustrated by a situation that seems beyond their control. Although rare, it’s important to know how to respond.
If you feel uneasy about someone’s behavior:
- Respect your unease and discuss the situation with a colleague, department chair, or share a concern
- Identify exactly what is bothering you
- Consider meeting with the individual to ask them to change the problem behavior
- Make sure that others are nearby when you meet with the individual
- Refer individuals for help: contact us
If a threatening or violent situation occurs during class:
- Ask the student to accompany you to discuss the situation in the department office
- Avoid being alone or isolated with the student
- Seek help from campus police or consult with counseling staff
If you are alone with an angry, verbally abusive, or physically threatening student:
- Acknowledge the student’s anger and frustration calmly: “I can see how upset you are because you feel no one is listening to you.”
- Allow the student to vent feelings and frustrations
- Calmly tell the student that the abusive behavior is unacceptable
- Avoid arguing, shouting, becoming hostile or threatening
- Don’t touch the student
- Leave the situation if possible
- Get help 24/7 from S&T Police at 573-341-4300, or call 911
By being available, aware, and ready to listen, you can play an important role in helping an individual regain the emotional balance needed to cope and get back on track. You can approach the individual privately and offer to listen. Give the person you undivided attention. Listen and don't judge. Brainstorm possible solutions. Avoid telling the person what to do. Express your concern. Let the person talk. Give hope. Suggest - resources, family, and friends.
Be clear about your boundaries by maintaining respect for the individual and the nature of your relationship. If you are a peer, express your concern as a friend.
Referral to the Counseling department is appropriate when any of the following is happening:
- The problem is more serious than you feel comfortable handling
- You are very busy, stressed, or unable to effectively listen
- You have helped as much as you can and further assistance is needed
- You think your own feelings will interfere with your objectivity
- He or she admits there is a problem, but doesn't want to talk to you about it
- He or she asks for more information or help than you can provide