Behaviors to Look For


Sometimes physical symptoms present themselves even when you are not sick with a medical illness.

  • Flat affect or extreme lack of responsiveness
  • Fatigue, lack of energy, or falling asleep in class
  • Deterioration in physical appearance, hygiene or weight
  • Evidence of self-injury or abuse
  • Evidence of alcohol or drug abuse

Mental and Emotional

Mental and emotional health are important parts of being a well-balanced and successful student.

  • Tearfulness and extreme or prolonged sadness or anxiety
  • Overt or indirect expressions of intent to harm or kill oneself or others


Physical and mental health problems can negatively affect your academic performance.

  • Changes in motivation or concentration
  • Deterioration in quality of work
  • Excessive class absenteeism
  • Repeated missed/late assignments or requests for extensions
  • Alarming or disturbing content in writing or class discussions
  • Decrease in or lack of engagement in group or participation oriented classes


If you notice changes in your happiness, specifically when it comes to your social life, there might be a more serious underlying concern.

  • Difficulty working with others or connecting with peers
  • Hostility/irritability towards professor or peers
  • Threatening words or actions
  • Extreme rudeness or insubordination to University officials, staff, faculty or administrators
  • Avoidance of friends or loved ones