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Semester Stress & Anxiety


At ASU we are committed to the success and well-being of our students. Many students are facing significant stressors in their lives which can interfere with personal and academic goals. For some, stress may even result in thoughts of self-harm or suicide. 

We are aware that it can be difficult to know when to be concerned about yourself or another student, especially if you are not a mental health professional.  Your experience of stress or a sense of being overwhelmed may exhibit in a variety of ways. While there is no template, the following are some signs that may indicate distress or a significant emotional concern:

  • Marked nervousness, agitation or irritability
  • Withdrawal, indecisiveness and/or confusion
  • Inappropriately aggressive or abrasive behavior
  • Excessive procrastination and/or poorly prepared work
  • Pattern of infrequent class attendance, little or no work completed
  • Apparent depression or lack of energy
  • Marked change in sleep patterns or personal hygiene
  • Comments (written or verbal) that suggest thoughts about harming oneself, or any threats to another person
  • Bizarre, alarming statements or evidence that a student is engaging in dangerous behavior

If you find that you need help or are concerned about another student, it is important to know that there are steps you can take and resources available to support you. For yourself we encouage you to reach out to any of the resources below to help.  If you are concerned about a friend, we encourage you, to speak directly to them and express your concern. Be specific and remind them you are talking to them because you care.

  • ASU Counseling Services staff is available for walk-ins, appointments or to provide consultation anytime between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    A call placed to (480) 965-6146 will connect you to any of our four campus locations. After business hours, call the EMPACT ASU-dedicated hotline at (480) 921-1006
  • Student Advocacy and Assistance  in the Dean of Students office guides students in resolving educational, personal and other difficulties by linking students with appropriate university and community resources
  • For emergency situations, call the ASU Police Department (9-1-1)
  • Visit campus safety for more information and resources for faculty and staff

As always, there is no charge for any student to meet with a counselor to discuss their concerns or service needs. We also can waive any of our fees for service for any student with financial need.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

--The staff of ASU Counseling Services