b'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. Its 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. Recognizing Students in Distress18'