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Warning Signs


Is someone you know...

€       A decline in work or academic performance?

€       Demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior?

€       Showing dramatic changes in appearance, behavior or weight?

€       Having problems at home, with classes or work?

€       Making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers?

€       Sad, anxious, or experiencing dramatic mood shifts?

€       Appear/acknowledge feeling depressed

€       Abusing alcohol or drugs?

€       Isolating themselves socially?

€       Acting paranoid or suspicious?

€       Frequently angry or easily frustrated?

€       Struggling with health problems?

€       Talking about not being around?

€       Giving away prized possessions?

€       Experiencing a significant loss?

€       A history of violent behavior?

€       Access to a firearm?

€       Express self-destructive or homicidal ideation?

€       Express feelings of hopelessness?

€       Have a history of self-destructive behavior?

€       Articulate specific plans to harm self and/or others?

€       Appear withdrawn?

€       Engage in "bullying" others?

€       Have difficulty with impulse control?

€       Have experienced prior trauma/tragedy?

€       Have been/ are victims of abuse?

€       Become involved with gangs?

€       Have experienced a significant loss?

€       Have been tormented and/ or teased by others?

€       Preoccupation with fighting?

€       Evidence a low tolerance for frustration?

€       Evidence a preoccupation with games or television with violent themes?

€       Externalize blame for their difficulties?

€       Evidence a preoccupation with guns and other weapons?

€       Have harmed small animals?

€       Have engaged in fire setting?

€       Have brought a weapon to school or work?

€       Evidence frequent disciplinary problems?


These behaviors, especially when more than one are present, may be signs that a student, faculty member or staff member is in distress.

There are many resources available at OUHSC to help.

Your confidential report to HSC's Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) can make a difference.


Contact BIT: (405) 271-9BIT(9248) | | Online Reporting Form
If a person is an immediate threat to themselves or someone else or is incapable of caring for themselves, call (405) 271-4911.