Stated need for help
The person you are concerned about may communicate the need for help directly. It's important to listen not only to what is being said, but also how it is being said (e.g., tone of voice, expressions, gestures).
References to suicide
Regardless of the circumstances or context, anyone who makes a reference to committing suicide should be considered in need of immediate help.
Marked changes in mood or behaviour
Actions that are inconsistent with their normal behaviour may indicate that they are experiencing psychological distress.
Difficulties communicating and/or apparent distortions of reality
Communication difficulties and apparent distortions of reality may indicate a more severe psychological difficulty that requires professional assessment and treatment.
Harm to or from others
Behaviours that pose a threat to other students, staff, or faculty members must be immediately addressed.
Traumatic changes in personal relationships
Someone who is experiencing a traumatic change in a personal relationship or interpersonal difficulties may need assistance to cope effectively.
Drug or alcohol misuse
Drug misuse or drug dependence is almost always indicative of psychological difficulties.
In the case of disordered eating such as excessive dieting, uncontrolled binge eating, or induced vomiting after eating, professional treatment should be accessed as soon as possible.