Counseling and Psychological Services

Find Help for a Friend

Witnessing a friend break down mentally is very difficult. Frequently, you as a concerned friend want to help but are not sure how. After all, one cannot control what another person does. But, one can make a real and important difference in increasing the chances that the person at risk gets the help he or she needs. A mental breakdown can take many forms.  

RECOGNIZE the signs of distress. Here are some things that you might be seeing that suggest you act:

SAFETY RISKS

Physical violence
High risk / dangerous behavior
Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Communicating threats
Increased alcohol and/or substance use

CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR

Sad, anxious, empty mood, or mood swings
Hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
Withdrawal and isolation
Financial recklessness
High levels of irritability or anger
Unusual apathy

CHANGE IN PERFORMANCE

Inability to concentrate or make decisions
Missed or coming late for classes or work
Excessive procrastination
Disorganized

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

Fatigue, lack of energy or sleep disturbance
Change in personal hygiene
Change in appetite; weight loss or gain
Agitation, restlessness
Delusions and paranoia

OFFER SUPPORT

Find a private place to talk.
Say, “I’m worried about you.”
Ask how they are doing and how you can help.
Ask about self-harm, if you’re concerned.


CONNECT TO RESOURCES
Refer your friend to CAPS. Call 858-534-3755  for a free and confidential appointment.

In an emergency, call UCSD Campus police  (858) 534-HELP (4357).


COMMUNICATE
Consult with a trusted other such as a Resident Dean, College or Academic Dean or CAPS.
 

CONNECT OR CONSULT WITH OTHER RESOURCES:

Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD):
858-534-8298

Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center (SARC):
858-534-5793

Student Health Services (SHS):
858-534-3300

San Diego County Mental Health (24/7):
800-479-3339

Office of Student Disabilities (OSD):
858-534-4382

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK


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