Have you noticed that your student is repeating one or exhibiting several of these red flags? (One symptom does not necessarily mean there is a problem.)
- Student is reporting a reduced ability to concentrate or think logically
- Student is making simple mistakes
- Student seems be putting forth Increased efforts with diminished results
- Student is less engaged and excitement has diminished.
- Deterioration in quality of work
- Missed assignments or appointments
- Repeated absences
- Essays or discussions centered around hopelessness, social isolation, rage or despair
- Lack of engagement in participation oriented classes
- Inappropriate disruptions/outburst of anger
- Deterioration in personal appearance
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Hyperventilation/increased nervousness
- Change in appearance/decline in hygiene
- Cursing increases
- Backs out of commitments at last minute
- Complaining becomes routine
- Evidence of intoxication
- Angry outbursts become volatile
- Excuse making, not problem solving
- Sleeping in class
Red Flags That Can Be Seen And Heard:
- An individual is always focusing on negatives
- Impulsive behaviors
- Willingness to take excessive risks
- Blame others for own difficulties
- Isolation and withdrawal
- Threats to self/others
- Violence towards self or others
Verbal Cues That Need Clarifying:
- "I can't do this anymore."
- "What difference does it make?"
- "No one would care if I am not here."
- "I just want to go to sleep and not wake up."
- "I have been having thoughts of killing myself."
- "I wish I could just take a gun and..."
- "They will be sorry."
If you have noticed any of these red flags:
- Ask straightforward questions
- Let student know you care
- Do not try to become their confident
- Encourage student to seek counseling. Offer to contact Student Health and Counseling Services at 7750 or walk with them to the Student Health and Counseling Services building
- Report to the Student of Concern Team
- If a student has made a threat then take all threats seriously
- Call 7777 or 911 if a student alludes to suicide or to a lethal plan especially if they have mentioned they have means to carry out (gun, knife, pills)
- QPR is also offered to teach warning signs including behaviors and statements that may put up a red flag. It also teaches inpiduals how to react to these red flags. Call 7750 if you are interested in this suicide prevention training.
Awareness and prevention are the KEY to a safe environment.