A few of the warning signs you may notice:
- Significant change in personal hygiene or dress
- Excessive Absences or tardiness
- Uncharacteristically poor performance and preparation
- Disjointed thoughts
- Expressed thoughts of helplessness or hopelessness
- Overt references to suicide
- Isolation from friends or family
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Disruptive classroom behavior
How to Refer Students for Counseling Services
If you notice a student who you believe might benefit from counseling services, consider taking the following steps:
- Talk with the student privately and specifically about the observed behavior that raised the concern.
- Suggest that the student might like to talk with the counselor, and let them know that this service is available, free and confidential for all TSTC students.
- If the student agrees, you may help the student make contact with the counselor by:
- Offering to walk with them to the counseling office.
- Calling the counselor for them directly at (903) 923-3309.
- Encouraging the student to go by or call the counselor to make an appointment.
- Suggesting that you could provide the counselor with information about the problem, with the student's permission, so that the counselor could attempt to make the contact.
- Leave options open for the student to accept or refuse the counseling services.
- Follow-up with the student at a later date to indicate a continued interest even if the student did not accept the attempted referral.
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