Symptoms Leading to Referral
The following signs may indicate a need to refer a student to the Counseling Center:
- abrupt / radical changes in behavior
- isolation from others
- poor attendance in classes
- sudden outbursts of anger
- low self-esteem
- attention / memory difficulties
- alcohol / drug abuse
- inappropriate crying
- chronic fatigue or low energy
- irritability or restlessness
- suicidal thoughts or feelings
- abnormal eating or exercise behavior
A student may also be referred to the Counseling Center for information on various issues such as the following:
- social / personal concerns
- career choices / selecting a major
- substance abuse
- sexual assault
- relationship concerns
- racial / cultural adjustments
- extreme test anxiety
A guide for interaction with your friend:
- Talk to the student in private.
- Listen carefully.
- Show concern and interest.
- Repeat back the essence of what the student has told you.
- Avoid criticizing or sounding judgmental.
- Suggest the Counseling Center as a resource and discuss this with the student.
- Offer a Counseling Center brochure.
- Explain to the student that the Counseling Center is CONFIDENTIAL.
- If the student resists help and you are still worried, contact the Counseling Center to talk.