Faculty and Staff Resources
Faculty and staff can play a crucial role in identifying those who could benefit from counseling services.
Identifying Students in Distress
Students who exhibit a combination of the following symptoms or behaviors over a period may benefit from a counseling appointment:
- Sudden deterioration in academic work, frequent absences or tardiness, inappropriate or disruptive classroom behavior, papers with themes of distress
- Dependency: for example, the student makes excessive appointments to see you
- Listless behavior, lack of energy, falling asleep in class
- Attending class intoxicated or high
- References to death or suicide or expressions of hopelessness
- Physical changes, especially sudden weight loss or deteriorating personal hygiene
- Withdrawal, isolation from others
- Inability to make decisions despite your attempts to clarify and encourage
- Excessive somatic complaints
- High irritability, angry outbursts
- Bizarre or strange behavior, such as unexplained crying, hearing voices, disorganized thinking, blatantly inappropriate comments or questions in class
- Overreaction to criticism or mistakes
- Visible signs of depression or anxiety
To submit a confidential referral to the Students of Concern Committee, visit uhsp.edu/safety.
Request a Presentation
The Counseling Center offers presentations to classes and student organizations on a variety of issues involving mental health and diversity issues.
To request a presentation, contact Michelle Hastings, counselor, at 314.446.8545, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least two weeks before the desired presentation date.
Topics may include a brief overview about counseling services, stress management or handling grief and loss in health care practice.