What are some common signs of distress?
Mild distress can often be recognized by noticing changes in behavior and may include:
- Decreased class attendance
- Declining academic performance
- Neglected hygiene and appearance
- Difficulty interacting with others
- Disclosing difficulties with depression, anxiety, or other stressful events
Moderate distress is usually more obvious and in addition to the above signs, may involve:
- Difficulty adhering to the structure of the classroom
- Requests for the professor to extend deadlines or make other exceptions
- Unusual or demanding writing/ email
- Emotional reactions that seem extreme for the circumstances
Extreme distress will be clearly evident and usually require immediate attention. Examples include:
- Threats, hostility, or other aggression
- Overt suicidality
- Confusion and/or incoherent speech
- Loss of contact with reality
Campus Safety should be contacted immediately in any situation that leads you to fear for your safety or the safety of the student.
Dial x 888, if calling from on campus or (914) 323-5244, if you are calling from off campus.