Student Affairs

AWARE Network

This site is dedicated to helping WSU Spokane students be successful by providing a forum for early intervention to anyone who has direct contact with students. Through this website we hope to provide you with the resources you need to assist a student, and/or open communication channels so that someone else may provide the appropriate help.

Submit a referral

Are you concerned about someone’s physical or mental health? Has their behavior caused you to worry about his or her potential actions? Become aware of the warning signs and if needed, complete the Assistance & Referral Form to inform appropriate university personnel.

Warning signs

Changes in a student's style and level of functioning are often indicators of distress. The suddenness and extent of change may reflect the severity of the difficulty.

Faculty & staff should be aware of:

  • Assignments not being turned in, or turned in late
  • A change in frequency of absences from class
  • Disinterest, apathy, and hopelessness
  • Disruptiveness in class (e.g. angry outbursts, acting out)
  • Excessive emotional content in discussing or writing class materials
  • Mention of suicide or homicide in the content of coursework
  • Significant decline or deficit in self-care behaviors,(e.g. personal hygiene, extreme weight loss)
  • Noticeable changes in personality or behavior
  • Change in perception of reality
  • Significant paranoia regarding government, law enforcement, administration, etc

Fellow students should be aware of:

  • Communicating threats against self, others, or the campus
  • Fantasizing about harm to self, others, or the campus
  • Aggressive behavior or speech
  • Frequent mentioning of or discussion about death
  • Noticeable changes in personality or behavior
  • Increase in substance use/abuse
  • Disinterest, apathy, and hopelessness  
  • Social withdrawal

WSU Spokane Counseling Service

  • Confidential counseling
  • No cost to students
  • Personal, family and relationship concerns
  • Crisis services, including suicide prevention


red checkmark To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Severinghaus, call 358-7740 during regular business hours.
Weekend, evenings, holidays, contact the Spokane Crisis Line at 509-838-4428.


Immediate mental health emergencies:

Signs that the student may be experiencing a mental health emergency and, potentially, in danger of harm to self or others include: 

  • Direct suicidal or homicidal statements
  • Bizarre speech
  • Loss of contact with reality
  • Extreme anxiety; panic

In these instances, call 911 immediately.

Contact us

Judy Zeiger
Director, Student Affairs
Academic Center 130E
Phone: 509-358-7526
Fax: 509-358-7538

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