Warning signs - Information for Parents - University of Derby

Warning signs

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Despite the occasional difficulty most students do enjoy their time at university. For some, however, things do go wrong. It is important that those in contact with students are alert to the signs that they are struggling more than expected. Some of the possible signs to be aware of are -

  • Prolonged sadness or depressed mood
  • Tearfulness, crying, and frequent emotional outbursts
  • Excessive irritability, hostility, anger, or resentment
  • Loss of interest and pleasure in activities they once enjoyed
  • Withdrawal from social interactions
  • Statements of loneliness
  • Difficulty developing a social network on campus
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Missing lectures often
  • Falling behind in course work or failing classes
  • Substantial changes in appetite, eating patterns, or weight
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Self harm e.g. cutting themselves
  • Risk taking behaviours, such as unprotected sex
  • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
  • Hopelessness
  • Thoughts or statements of death or suicide

If you notice a number of these signs you should first discuss them with your child and if appropriate encourage them to seek support.

If they refuse to seek support and you are concerned for their safety you can contact the Student Wellbeing Service to discuss this on:

Derby Campus

T: 01332 593000

E: studentwellbeing@derby.ac.uk

Buxton Campus

T: 01298 330414

E: swsbuxton@derby.ac.uk