Often a family member, friend, or EKU faculty or staff, will be the first recognize developing signs of distress. Signs that a person is in distress include:
- increased nervousness, agitation, or irritability
- withdrawal from others (isolation)
- sudden changes in academic performance
- sudden changes in personal or classroom relationships
- undue aggressive or abrasive behavior
- infrequent class attendance
- marked change in personal hygiene
- dependency (e.g., the student who always hangs around you or constantly tries to see you)
- signs of depression (frequent crying, insomnia, oversleeping, sudden weight loss/gain, loss of pleasure)
- drug and alcohol abuse
- talk or threats of suicide
- confusion - including bizarre, alarming, or dangerous behaviors
If there is concern that a student is in immediate danger of harming themselves or others, call 911 or EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.
HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL TO EKUCC Connecting the student EKUCC can be an effective way to assist students in getting the help they may need through counseling services. It is also strongly recommended that the student be connected to the EKU Student Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT). SAIT is able to intervene, provide support, and connect students to additional assistance to be successful at EKU. To refer a student, complete the online SAIT REFERRAL FORM.