Dean of Students

Know the Signs

When to know it's time to get help...

When any of the following affect a person's activities of daily life - that is going to class, completing assignments, performing job duties, engaging socially as they normally do, sleeping, eating, managing normal daily stresses, etc. it is important for the person to get help and support as soon as possible to address and contain the behaviors. It is important to remember that you may only have one piece of the puzzle. An individual could interact with fellow students, instructors, staff, employers, or others on a daily basis, and each one may just notice a small change in behavior that could be the result of a larger issue. This is why it is important for everyone to report signs of concern to EMCC's Behavioral Intervention Team. 

Signs of Concern

  • Depressed or apathetic mood
  • Uncharacteristic hyperactivity
  • Increased or excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Sleeping problems (either too much or too little)
  • Change in appetite, eating patterns, preoccupation or obsession with eating, exercising, caloric intake, skipping meals
  • Poor concentration or motivation
  • Loss of energy
  • Feeling of hopelessness
  • Feeling of worthlessness
  • Uncharacteristic social withdrawal
  • Rambling or incoherent speech
  • Drastic or bizarre changes in behavior, personality, or routine¬†
  • Difficulty dealing with an event (e.g. death of loved one)
  • Talks about themes of suicide,loss of will to live, etc.