The Counselling Centre
How to help a student in distress
University is stressful to many students. Most students cope well but some do not and their behaviour can become worrisome. Sometimes students come from families where they did not learn effective coping skills. In general, you should consider becoming involved with a student in distress when you have noticed or become aware of an inability to function academically, personally, and/or socially. Becoming involved does not mean you listen frequently to their problems or advise them. Being involved means linking the student with the appropriate resources to help them and then following up.
For more information check out The Counselling Centre booklet on how to help a student in distress.