According to a 2006 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 18 – 25 year olds have one of the highest rates of severe psychological distress out of any age group, and they also have the lowest rate of seeking help. Some of the largest triggers for mental disorders are stress, lack of sleep, and change. The acceptance of the stereotypical college life, which includes these three components, often masks these mental/psychological disorders. Unfortunately, lack of sleep, stress, and change can also trigger a relapse with a previously diagnosed mental disorder or bring out a mental health issue that a person was previously unaware of.
Due to this, faculty may see various types of behaviors inside the classroom that may cause others concern. We are here to coach faculty or staff members in the event a concern about the health and safety of a student arises.
Suggestions on how to address a disruptive student (if there is no immediate threat):
If there is an immediate or anticipated safety concern, please contact the University Police Department at 760-750-4567.