Liisbet Suurväli, Melissa Tabur

Distress symptoms

  • 1.Trouble sleeping
  • 2.Vague physical pains and lack of energy
  • 3.Loss of interest in activities that she/he once enjoyed
  • 4.Depressed
  • 5.Lack of motivation
  • 6.Excessive tension or worry
  • 7.Restlessness; hyperactivity; pressured speech
  • 8.Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • 9.Poor results at school

  • 10.Social withdrawal
  • 11.Changes in eating patterns
  • 12.Self-injury (cutting; scratching; burning)
  • 13.Unusual or exaggerated response to events
  • How to deal with distress

    Take the person aside and talk to him / her in private. Try to give the other person your undivided attention. Just a few minutes of listening might enable him or her to make a decision about what to do.

    Listen carefully and with sensitivity. Listen in an open minded and nonjudgmental way.

    Be honest and direct, but nonjudgmental. Share what you have noticed and why it concerns you.

    Direct the person to the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC).

    Follow up. Let the person know that you'll be checking back with him or her later to see how things turned out.

    Responding in a caring way to a person in distress can help prevent the distressed person's situation from escalating into a crisis.

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