Student In Distress

A crisis is a situation in which an individual's typical style of coping is no longer effective, and the emotional or physiological response begins to escalate. As emotions intensify, coping becomes less effective, until the person becomes disoriented, nonfunctional, or attempts harm to self or others. If a student is in a serious mental health crisis, you might see or hear the following:

  • Extreme anxiety resulting in panic reactions
  • Suicidal statements or suicide attempts (including statements posted on social media)
  • Highly disruptive behavior (hostility, aggression, violence)
  • Written or verbal violence or acting out violently
  • Destruction of property or other criminal acts
  • Inability to communicate (garbled or slurred speech, disjointed thoughts)
  • Loss of contact with reality (seeing or hearing things that aren't there, expressing beliefs or actions at odds with reality)