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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
  • depression
  • 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.