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Recognizing Students in Distress
How Do You Know When to Act?
You may notice one indicator and decide that something is
clearly wrong. Or you may have a “gut-level feeling” that
something is amiss. A simple check-in with the student may
help you get a better sense of his or her situation.
It’s possible that any one indicator, by itself, may simply
mean that a student is having an “off” day. However, any one
serious sign (e.g., a student writes a paper expressing
hopelessness and thoughts of suicide) or a cluster of smaller
signs (e.g., emotional outbursts, repeated absences, and
noticeable cuts on the arm) indicates a need to take action
on behalf of the student.