Concern for Others

On Call After Hours Emergency: 404-413-1640.
Please follow the prompts for immediate assistance.

Faculty, staff, family and friends of students are often among the first to notice those who are encountering overwhelming amounts of stress in their lives and are struggling emotionally. This stress can seriously disrupt academic progress, personal relationships and enjoyment of daily life. Parents and friends who are geographically distant may be more uncertain how to best intervene to provide assistance and support. The Counseling and Testing Center professional staff regularly provide consultations to individuals concerned about a student and are available to consult with faculty, staff, family and friends by phone or in person.

Counselors can offer support and strategies for handling concerns by working to:

  • Clarify the seriousness of the problem the student is having
  • Plan effective ways to let the student know of your concerns regarding their behavior
  • Develop a plan to refer the student to available sources of assistance
  • Learn more about university and community resources

Faculty, staff, family or friends concerned about a student who may be in a crisis during our business hours can:

  • Call the Counseling and Testing Center at 404-413-1640.
  • Walk to Counseling and Testing Center at 75 Piedmont Ave. NE, Suite 200 A, and inform the front desk staff member that they would like to speak with a counselor about their concern for a student.
  • Alert the front desk staff member if the student is in an immediate, life threatening crisis.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Behaviors or interactions that leave others feeling uncomfortable.
  • Social isolation, withdrawal, lethargy
  • Inability to focus on a specific topic in a conversation or activity
  • Disorganized thinking and speech, feelings that are inappropriate to the situation, lack of affect or other evidence that student is out of touch with reality
  • Expression of feelings of persecution, strong mistrust of others
  • Violent outbursts
  • Signs of excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Expressions of general unhappiness over a period of several weeks
  • Frequent class absence or disappearance over extended periods of time
  • Gain or loss of significant amounts of weight
  • Abrupt change in manner, style or personal hygiene
  • Increasing dependence on others

Faculty, staff, family or friends who witness these or any other warning signs should encourage the student to come to Counseling and Testing Center for help or accompany the student to the Counseling and Testing Center at 75 Piedmont on the second floor of the Citizens Trust Bank Building.