Signs of Distress & What You Can Do

Below are a list of signs that students may exhibit in a variety of distressing situations. This is not an exhaustive list, but some initial thoughts to consider. In any case, we encourage you to first submit a CARE report so that we can support the student and you in addressing the situations. We also recommend directly addressing your concern with the student regarding their well-being and offereing any supports you may be able to provide them. 

Potential Threat or Harm to Self/Others

  • History with mental health issues
  • Demonstrating signs of high levels of anxiety/stress
  • Signs of social withdrawal
  • Belief in violence as an appropriate way to manage problems
  • Signs of substance abuse

What Else Can You Do?

Academic Distress

  • Immediate decline in student's academic work (e.g., failing to turn in assignments, lower grades on exams/quizzes)
  • Decreased attendance
  • Refusal to respond to professors during frequent attempts at communication

Emotional Distress

  • Death of a family member or friend
  • Changes in student's personality, eating habits, and sleeping pattern
  • Increased social withdrawal and isolation
  • Signs of irritability and lack of concentration
  • Behavior reflecting feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

What else can you do?

Homelessness or Hunger

  • Student repeatedly wears same outfit
  • Student demonstrates physical signs of fatigue, and failing to eat
  • Student shows signs of not bathing, combing hair, and smelling body odor
  • Student mentions skipping a meal
What else can you do?
  • If student admits to homelessness provide resources including Bearcats Pantry, and additional on-campus resources for housing options

Emergency Situations

What can you do?
  • Immediately call University of Cincinnati Police Department by dialing 911
  • Be prepared to give UCPD details (who,what, where, when, why) about incident