How to Support a Longhorn

Research on resilience tells us that connection is one of the most important buffers during challenging times. To support each other, we can keep an eye out for signs that someone may be experiencing distress. We all have the power to prevent high-risk behavior or harm. This page offers ideas for students supporting students, employees supporting their colleagues, staff and faculty supporting students and managers supporting their employees. The list is not exhaustive, and not every item included necessarily means a person needs support. However, these are common signs that indicate it may be helpful to check in.

Common Signs of Potential Distress

Physical pain (body aches, headaches, gastrointestinal pain) and/or lack of energy

Loss of interest in or withdrawal from:

    • Hobbies or social activities (e.g., giving up hobbies, not responding to texts or calls)
    • Academics (e.g., missing class sessions, not turning in assignments, etc.)
    • Job (e.g., missing work meetings or calls, using alcohol or drugs while on the job)

Depression or lethargy

Excessive tension or worry

Restlessness or hyperactivity

Increase in alcohol or drug use

Changes in eating or sleeping patterns

Self-injury (e.g., cutting, scratching, burning)

Unusual or exaggerated response to events (e.g., overly suspicious or agitated, easily startled)