What may be considered distressed behavior?
- excessive absences
- hostile, threatening or violent behavior
- serious grade problems
- markedly changed patterns of interaction (avoiding participation or dominating discussions)
- unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
- withdrawal from activities or friends
- significant change in sleep or eating patterns
- perfectionism, procrastination, or excessive worrying
- depressed mood
- inability to communicate
- loss of contact with reality
- suicidal thoughts or expressions of intention
Does the behavior place anyone at (immediate) risk?
If the behavior is placing someone in immediate risk or if a serious or threatening incident occurs in the classroom, academic building or on campus, Public Safety should be contacted immediately by calling 541-737-7000 or 7-7000.
If you are unsure about whether or how to intervene with a student who appears to be distressed, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is this student's behavior disturbingly out of the ordinary?
- Is the behavior getting worse?
- Is this beyond my skill level?
- Am I feeling like I want to talk with someone about my observations and concerns?
If the answer is "yes" to any of those questions, it is probably a good idea to consult with a colleague. An on-call counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is generally available at 541-737-2131 during business hours to help you evaluate the situation and assist you in considering your options for intervention.