If You're Concerned About a Student
We provide consultation services to parents, other students, faculty, staff, and other professionals who are concerned about the emotional well-being of a student. Our staff can offer suggestions to help you address your concerns.
Please let us assist you if you notice a student has:
1. Adjustment/Transition Concerns
The desire for assistance in dealing with a problem may be stated directly or indirectly. For this reason, it is important not only to attend to the content of what a student may say but to understand the intentions and feelings underlying his or her message. Listening involves hearing the way things are being said, noticing the tone used, and observing the expressions and gestures employed. In fact, having someone listen attentively to an expression of a problematic feeling or thought is often a cathartic experience for the speaker which, in and of itself, can result in that individual feeling somewhat better.
2. References to Suicide
Any reference to committing suicide should be considered serious. A judgment about the seriousness and possible lethality of the suicidal thought or gesture should be made with consultation with a Counseling Center Staff Professional (937-229-3141).
In the case of an actual suicide attempt, immediately call 911 or Public Safety (937-229-2121).
3. Changes in Mood or Behavior
Actions which are inconsistent with an individual's normal behavior may indicate that he or she is experiencing psychological distress. An individual, who withdraws from usual social interaction, demonstrates an unwillingness to communicate, commits asocial acts, has spells of unexplained crying or outbursts of anger, or demonstrates unusual irritability may be suffering from symptoms associated with a psychological problem.
4. Anxiety and/or Depression
Anxiety and depression are two of the more common symptoms which can present significant problems for students. Both of these rather common emotional states can impair an individual's normal functioning when they become prolonged or severe. When an individual's ability to function in a usual manner becomes impaired because of anxiety or depression, some kind of assistance should be recommended.
5. Psychosomatic Symptoms
Individuals who experience tension-induced headaches, nausea, or other physical pains which have no apparent organic cause may be experiencing psychosomatic symptoms. Such psychosomatic symptoms are physically real, including the pain. Other physical symptoms of possible problems may include a loss of appetite or excessive eating, insomnia or excessive sleeping, gastrointestinal distress or gynecological problems.
6. Traumatic Changes in Relationships
Personal problems often result when an individual experiences a traumatic change in a personal relationship. The death of a family member or close friend, difficulties in marriage or family relationships, divorce, changes in family responsibilities, and difficulties in other significant relationships can all result in increased stress and psychological difficulties.
7. Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Indications of excessive drinking, drug abuse or drug dependence are almost always indicative of psychological problems. In the case of a drug overdose or severe drug reaction, call Public Safety at 937-229-2121.
8. Any Other Psychological Concerns
Online Emotional Wellness Screening
The Counseling Center now offers free, anonymous, online emotional wellness screenings for all UD students. Screenings for eating, anxiety and mood concerns are available.
After the screening is completed, the student will be given results, provided with online resources, contact information for the Counseling Center if they wish to follow up, and information on what to do in the case of a mental health emergency. Students may also be given recommendations that include utilizing online, interactive resources or contacting the Counseling Center for follow-up with a mental health professional.
Click here to access our Emotional Wellness Screening website. You may share this link with any student and encourage them to follow through with any recommendations that are made.
Suicide Prevention Training (SPT) Workshops
The Counseling Center will soon be offering a new workshop for faculty and staff that will focus on how they can better assist students, supervisees or colleagues who experience mental health distress. Workshops will be practical and interactive. Training dates have not yet been determined. Please check back for updates.