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AWARE NETWORK - Early Intervention

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:

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
  • 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
  • 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 CHECK MARK

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:

In these instances, call 911 immediately.

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

REACHING OUT WITH HELP

Pursuing rigorous academic programs while balancing personal responsibilities can be stressful at times and it is vital to the success and well-being of our students that we recognize when there is a problem.

Here at WSU Spokane, we have a mental health professional available to work with students in a private, confidential setting. You may refer someone for help by providing information below.

ASSISTANCE REFFERAL FORM

Confidentiality will be maintained subject to any legal obligations of disclosure and also subject to WSU's duty to follow up and take appropriate action in response to the information.

Additionally, your name and contact information are optional, but we encourage you to provide this information since it often helps for our follow-up process. Thank you.

CALL 911 IF THERE IS AN IMMEDIATE POSSIBILITY THAT A STUDENT MAY HARM HER/HIMSELF OR OTHERS.


Student Affairs
Academic Center 130E
Phone: 509-358-7526
judy.zeiger@wsu.edu

WSU SPOKANE COUNSELING SERVICES »
Phone: 509-358-7740

COUNSELING ASSISTANCE REFERRAL FORM

Spokane Crisis Line
509-838-4428