College can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience, and friends are usually the first people students seek for support. Helping a friend through a tough time can be difficult and sometimes feel like more than you can handle on your own.
Pay attention to warning signs such as:
excessive sadness and frequent crying
changes in appetite
extreme mood changes
loss of interest in activities
avoidance of friends, classes and social events
hopelessness / worthlessness
excessive use of alcohol or drugs
high risk taking behaviors
seeing or hearing things that are not real
thinking or talking about death / dying or harm to self or others
If you are concerned about a friend you can listen, be supportive and encourage them to seek professional help. You can give a friend our phone number, sit with them while they make the call or walk them into our office. If you are unsure about what to do, our staff is available to help.