Occasionally a student may wish to be seen by a counselor immediately due to a personal or situational crisis. If a crisis occurs during business hours, a student may come to University Counseling Services (UCS) and request to be seen. If a crisis occurs after business hours or on a weekend, the student may call Kirksville Police Dispatch (660-665-5621 and request to speak to the on call counselor.
Consultation is Available
If you have questions or concerns about your student, the mental health specialists at University Counseling Services are available to speak with you. We can help you assess the seriousness of the situation, discuss possible resources on and off campus, learn how to make a referral, and plan for follow-up. Please feel free to call us at 660-785-4014 to consult with one of our staff. A consultation may help you identify ways you can be most effective with your student, and in locating campus resources that you can suggest to them. Please know that if your student is receiving services at UCS, we will not able to provide information about these services due to our adherence to client confidentiality.
While at Truman State University, students should be faced with a great many personal, academic, and social stressors. Most students will successfully navigate these challenges, while others may experience them as overwhelming and unmanageable. As a result, students may feel fearful, isolated, helpless, and alone. This distress can negatively impact a student’s well-being.
Signs of Possible Distress
At one time or another, we all experience some degree of distress. However, when some of the following signs are present, your student may be experiencing significant distress that could interfere with his or her personal and academic functioning.
Is your student…
- Withdrawing from social interaction or apathetic toward activities?
- Not functioning at previous levels (e.g., receiving poor grades, quitting sports)?
- Having problems concentrating, remembering things, or thinking or speaking?
- Increasingly sensitive to or irritable about sights, sounds, smells, or touch?
- Feeling disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings?
- Nervous, fearful, panicked, aggressive or suspicious?
- Experiencing sleep or appetite changes?
- Rapidly changing moods?
- Talking about death or suicide, directly or indirectly?
- Looking depressed (tearful, sad, hygiene changes, dress changes)?
It is important to remember that just because a student appears to be experiencing one of these signs it does not necessarily mean that he or she is in significant distress. Many of the above situations are short-lasting. However, if a student’s distress appears to be severe, or you notice one or more of these signs over a prolonged period of time, then it may be necessary to intervene. If you have doubts or concerns about the seriousness of your student’s problems, please consult with one of the counselors at UCS.