At one time or another, everyone feels upset or experiences a low mood. There are, however, some instances when distressing personal experiences can be detrimental to an individual’s ability to function normally on a day-to-day basis

As a staff member, you may be among the first to notice when a student is having trouble coping with the many stressors in his or her life. Often, recognition that there is a problem and a small amount of support can make all the difference. These distressing experiences can occur at any time and may often add to the existing stresses of academic life. As a result, individuals experiencing distress may risk negative academic, personal, or social consequences.

By recognising the signs of distress in students, and responding appropriately, you can play a vital role in helping the student find the assistance and support they need. The following may help to identify when a student is in distress, how to respond to a student in distress, and suggests ways to help the student receive assistance and support at CAPS.


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