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Recognizing Students in Distress
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A hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong
SAFETY RISK INDICATORS
Written or verbal statements that mention despair,
suicide, or death
Severe hopelessness, depression, isolation, and
withdrawal
Statements to the effect that the student is “going away
for a long time”
If a student is exhibiting any of these signs, s/he may pose an
immediate danger to her/himself. In these cases, you should
stay with the student and seek professional help
immediately.
THE SITUATION IS AN EMERGENCY IF:
Physical or verbal aggression is directed at self, others,
animals, or property
The student is unresponsive to the external environment;
he or she is
—incoherent or passed out
—disconnected from reality/exhibiting psychosis
—displaying unmitigated disruptive behavior
The situation feels threatening or dangerous to you