IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS
The National College Health Association Survey indicates that the primary health areas which impact student life are: Stress, sleep, cold/flu, concern for a friend, depression, relationship difficulties and internet use/games. The longitudinal study conducted at UND since 2000 finds similar results.
The following behaviors may indicate signs of student distress. If you see a student exhibiting these behaviors, we urge you to act.
- Drop in quality of school performance or interest
- Major change in eating or sleeping habits, personal hygiene.
- Lack of interest in usual activity
- Rage, uncontrolled anger, revenge-seeking
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking. Poor control over behavior.
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Anxiety, agitation, inability to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Dramatic mood changes or sudden increase in moodiness, withdrawal or isolation
- A recent break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or conflict with parents
- Expressing no reason for living; no sense of purpose in life. Feelings of hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness.
- Threatening or communicating thoughts of suicide, death, dying or the afterlife