Some of the common symptoms of emotional distress and mental health concerns

Counselling and Psychological Services

  • Counselling is only for people who are depressed or suicidal?
  • I am not sure if I should see a counsellor…
  • Will my parents know I am seeing a counsellor?

Some of the common symptoms of emotional distress and mental health concerns

  • Depressive or irritable mood (e.g. depressed or lethargic mood, sleep problems, poor concentration, loss of interest, low energy, excessive guilt, anxious and tense, irritability, rapid uncontrollable emotional changes, depressive ruminations)
  • Marked changes in behaviours (e.g. deterioration in personal hygiene, significant weight loss or gain, changes in alertness, overspending, sudden increase in strength and energy even with decreased sleep, increase in impulsive or risky behaviours)
  • Marked changes in the pattern of interaction with others (e.g. social withdrawal, avoidance of participation, excessive anxiety when called upon, easily startled, domination of discussion)
  • Excessive drinking, self-medicate, addictive behaviours
  • Loss of motivation, drop in grades, or excessive absences
  • Repeated request for special consideration, such as deadline extensions, with or without disclosing the reasons for such
  • Close friends express some concern comments or complaints about student’s mental condition
  • The problem persists despite efforts spent
  • The student is developing an unhealthy dependence on you for support

Seek help immediately if

  • Overtly suicidal thoughts (including talking about suicide as a current option or in written work) or self-harm behaviours
  • Threats to harm others, homicidal thoughts - Gross mental impairment or confusion
  • Highly disruptive behaviours (e.g. hostility, aggression, violence)
  • Loss of contact with reality (seeing or hearing things which others cannot see or hear; beliefs or actions greatly at odds with reality or probability)
  • Bizarre behaviours, stalking behaviours
  • Inappropriate communications (including threatening letters, e-mail messages, harassment)
  • Uncontrollable crying, intense emotions, or rapid unpredictable mood changes