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RECOGNIZING DISTRESSED STUDENTS

Marked Changes in Academic Performance or Behavior

-Excessive absences or tardiness

-Repeated requests for special consideration, especially when this represents a change from previous functioning

-Inability to concentrate

-Significant decrease in academic performance

-Unusual or changed pattern of behavior

-Avoiding participation or sudden withdrawal from others

-Dominating discussions

-Excessively anxious when called upon

-Disruptive, verbally aggressive or physically aggressive behavior

-Exaggerated emotional responses

-Easily agitated

References to Suicide, Homicide, or Death

-Talk of helplessness, hopelessness, or despair

References to suicidal thoughts and feelings, verbally or in written assignments

-Jokes publicly about killing him/herself

-Suddenly withdrawing from organizations or clubs

-Giving away possessions

-Preoccupation with death

-Preoccupation with violent acts

-Homicidal threats 

Unusual Behavior or Appearance

-Marked change in mood, motor activity, speech                                           -Dramatic weight loss or gain

-Hyperactivity or very rapid speech                                                               -Sleeping in class

-Swollen, red eyes or bloodshot eyes                                                             -Strange or bizarre behavior indicating loss

-Slurred speech                                                                                                 of contact with reality

-Change in personal hygiene or dress                                                            -Speech that is disjointed, tangential,

-Appears sad or exhausted                                                                               fragmented or not based in reality

When in doubt, report

This list is not inclusive.  Please refer to the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool.