Help A Friend in Distress

Although everyone feels "stressed" at times, excessive stress, or distress, can show in a number of ways. If you notice any of these behaviors in a friend, he or she may be dealing with distress:

How to Help:

Responding in a caring way to a friend in distress showing you care can help prevent situations from escalating into a crisis.  If you are worried about a friend and unsure how to help, call the Counseling Center (813) 974-2831 and ask to speak to a counselor.

If your friend seems to need additional outreach and support, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Outreach and Support at (813) 974-6130. If there is an imminent threat, please contact University Police by dialing 911 immediately--you could be saving your friend's life!