1. References to Suicide

You need to take seriously students who say they are contemplating suicide or who allude to details of how, when or where they may commit suicide. If you think a student is suicidal, asking him or her about it does not increase the chances of committing suicide. In fact, it can be experienced as an expression of care and concern, which can be the beginning of decreasing the risk that they would actually act on their feelings. One of the hardest parts of dealing with a suicidal student is overcoming the fear of talking about it with them. If you encounter a student who is feeling suicidal, offer to walk with the student to meet with us. In the remote case that you witness an actual suicide attempt, call Campus Police at (215) 204-1234. Members of the Counseling Services staff are available to consult with you about any decision you may need to make regarding suicidality. Call (215) 204-7276.

2. Changes in Mood or Behavior

Actions that 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 psychological problems.

3. Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are two of the more common psychological disturbances that can present significant problems for students. Both of these rather common emotional states can impair an individual’s normal functioning when these states become prolonged or severe. When an individual’s ability to function in a normal manner becomes impaired because of anxiety or depression, some kind of assistance should be recommended.

4. Physical or Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Harassment for both students and the outside communities.

The stress of academic demands can often trigger thoughts and feelings of traumatic events in the student’s past .Students are also at risk to be victims of violence and crime. Munnange Counseling Center employs trauma therapists in the Sexual Assault Counseling & Education. Counselors working on this team provide individual and group therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape, and stress symptoms. They also offer education on these topics.

5. Psychosomatic Symptoms

Individuals who experience tension-induced headaches, nausea, or other physical pains with no apparent organic cause may be experiencing psychosomatic symptoms. Such psychosomatic symptoms are real for that individual, and so is the pain. Other physical symptoms of possible problems may include a loss of appetite or excessive eating, insomnia or excessive sleeping or gastrointestinal distress.

6. Traumatic Changes in Personal Relationships

Psychological distress often results when an individual experiences traumatic changes in personal relationships. The death of a family member or close friend, trouble with a peer group or roommate, the end of a partnered relationship, divorce of parents, changes in family responsibilities, and stress in other significant relationships, can all result in psychological difficulties.

7. Drug and Alcohol Use

Use of drugs and or alcohol puts students at risk for physical, emotional, financial, and familial problems. Tuttleman Counseling Services employs addiction specialists in the Campus Alcohol & Substance Awareness (CASA) unit. Clinicians working in this program provide individual, group counseling and educational outreach for substance abuse issues including problem identification, recovery, relapse prevention, codependency, and adult children of substance abusers.

8. Career Choice Problems

It is rather common for college students to go through periods of career indecision and uncertainty. Such experiences are often characterized by dissatisfaction with an academic major, unrealistic career aspirations, and/or confusion with regard to interests, abilities, or values. However, chronic indecisiveness or conflict about choices can be a debilitating experience and many students need assistance in developing alternative goals when previous decisions need to be revised.

9. Learning Problems

Many students find the demand of college-level academic work to be greater than they anticipated. While it is expected that all students will go through some adjustment period in this regard, those who demonstrate a consistent discrepancy between their performance and their potential may need assistance. Poor study habits, incapacitating test anxiety, or repeated absences from class are all issues that might benefit from professional counseling.