Semester Stress and Anxiety

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. As someone who interacts with students on a regular basis, you are in a pivotal position to identify behavior that may be signal of an overwhelmed or at risk student. Your recognition of concerning behaviors and timely expression of support are critical to a student in distress.


We are aware that it can be difficult to know when to be concerned about a student, especially for those who are not mental health professionals.  Students experiencing stress or a sense of being overwhelmed may exhibit their problems in a variety of ways. While there is no “template” for identifying a concerning student, the following are some warning 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 are concerned about a student, it is important to know that there are steps you can take and resources available to support you. We encourage you, if possible, to speak directly to the student and express your concern. Be specific and remind them you are talking to them because you care. Let them know about University resources, such as those listed below and offer help in making a connection. You can also call any of these resources yourself to get consultation about any situation. We are here to help.

  • ASU Counseling Services staff is available for walk-ins, appointments or to provide consultation anytime between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday thru 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