Students frequently experience a great deal of stress (i.e., academic, social, financial) during their university careers. Most students successfully cope with these pressures, but some become overwhelmed.
Because emotional distress may interfere with academic performance and/or social interactions, faculty and staff are well situated to recognize students who might be struggling emotionally or psychologically. By communicating interest and concern to a distressed student, you may play an important role in helping that student seek help and regain the emotional balance needed to cope with his or her given situation.
Much stress experienced by students is related to the developmental tasks of this life phase and will resolve with appropriate support. However, major mental illnesses often emerge during late adolescence or young adulthood. Observable changes in behavior may signal the beginning of serious psychological problems.