Forbes Health named Synergy eTherapy BEST OF 2023 FOR ONLINE CBT THERAPY and one of the BEST ONLINE THERAPY SERVICES OF 2023 by Forbes Health!

Recognizing the Signs of Mental Health Crisis in Students

Welcome to our Mood-E Blog

Recognizing the Signs of Mental Health Crisis in Students

mental health crisis students

School hallways bustle with students, each carrying their own invisible backpacks filled with hopes, dreams, and yes, sometimes, hidden struggles. Beneath the veneer of laughter and chatter, some students battle with mental health issues, their struggles often masked by everyday life. Recognizing the subtle shifts in behavior, the whispers of distress, and the silent cries for help becomes crucial in preventing these struggles from erupting into full-blown crises.

The Fading Smile:


Notice the once-chatty friend who suddenly prefers solo lunches and quiet corners. The usually bubbly classmate whose laughter seems forced, eyes holding a flicker of sadness. These changes in social patterns, a retreat from the vibrant school life, could be early warning signs. Don’t shrug them off as mere mood swings; reach out, ask what’s wrong, let them know you’re there.

Grades in Freefall:

Once reliable students suddenly flunking quizzes, missing deadlines, and seemingly losing interest in learning – this is not just academic laziness. It could be a student drowning in a sea of anxieties, unable to stay afloat. Don’t scold or dismiss their struggles; offer help, understand their burdens, and encourage them to seek academic support.

Emotional Rollercoaster:


The quiet girl who bursts into tears over a minor frustration, the class clown whose jokes now mask anger, the model student whose highs are followed by crushing lows – these erratic emotions are not just mood swings, they’re cries for help struggling to be heard. Be patient, listen without judgment, and encourage them to talk about what’s making them feel this way.

Body’s SOS Signal:


Headaches that won’t budge, sudden stomachaches before exams, exhaustion that clings like a shadow – these unexplained physical ailments could be the body’s way of screaming for help. Don’t brush them aside as mere physical problems; encourage them to talk to a doctor or counselor to rule out any underlying mental health issues.

Appetite Has Become Erratic:


The always hungry friend who forgets to eat for days, the once picky eater who devours unhealthy snacks – these dramatic shifts in eating habits are not just dietary choices, they’re often reflections of internal turmoil. Notice these changes, talk to them kindly, and suggest seeking help if they seem overwhelmed by their relationship with food.

Having Trouble with Sleep


Nights haunted by insomnia, mornings greeted by an alarm clock ignored – these disrupted sleep patterns are not just signs of a bad schedule, they’re often indicators of a troubled mind. Be supportive, encourage healthy sleep habits, and suggest seeking professional help if these issues persist.

Words That Whisper “Help”:


The friend who casually mentions feeling like a burden, the classmate who jokes about disappearing – these seemingly offhand remarks could be disguised cries for help. Don’t take them lightly; listen carefully, show concern, and encourage them to talk about their feelings in a safe space.

bigstock handsome young college student 16440350

Recognizing Signs of Distress


Direct or indirect mentions of suicide, self-harm, or wishing to not exist are not scary stories; they’re urgent pleas for intervention. Phrases like “I’m just a waste of space” or “Maybe everyone would be better off without me” should raise alarm bells. Take these seriously, talk to them, offer support, and immediately connect them with professional help.

Silence Speaks Volumes:


The student who used to be talkative but now withdraws into a shell, the one who answers with one-word replies and avoids eye contact – these communication breakdowns could be their way of building walls around their pain. Don’t force them to talk, but be patient, show your presence, and let them know you’re available when they’re ready to open up.

More Than Just Signs:


Remember, these signs are not a definitive checklist, and everyone experiences stress differently. But their consistent presence, especially when combined, should raise concern. Don’t dismiss them as temporary fluctuations; listen to your gut, and trust that something deeper might be at play.

Recognizing the signs of a brewing mental health crisis in a student is only the first step. The next crucial stage is taking action, constructing a safety net that catches them before they fall. This starts with fostering a culture of open communication and understanding within the school environment.

Building Bridges of Trust:


Normalizing mental health conversations: Break the stigma by openly discussing mental health in classrooms, assemblies, and school newsletters. Invite guest speakers, organize workshops, and encourage students to share their experiences (with their consent, of course).

  • Open-door policy: Create a safe space where students feel comfortable approaching faculty, counselors, or even trusted older students with their concerns. Ensure these spaces are free of judgment and offer avenues for confidential support.
  • Peer support networks: Train and establish peer support groups where students can connect with others who understand their struggles. This creates a sense of community and empowers students to help each other.

Empowering Educators:

  • Mental health training: Equip teachers and school staff with basic mental health literacy skills. This allows them to identify early warning signs, understand different conditions, and respond effectively to students in distress.
  • Trauma-informed practices: Promote a school culture that recognizes the potential impact of personal trauma on students’ learning and behavior. Develop strategies to create a safe and supportive environment for all.
  • Collaboration with professionals: Encourage strong partnerships with mental health professionals like counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists. This facilitates seamless referral and support for students when needed.

Beyond the School Walls:


Parent-teacher communication is crucial. Keep parents informed and involved in their children’s mental health by organizing workshops on mental health awareness. Encourage regular communication between teachers and parents, providing resources for supporting children at home.

Extend your impact through community outreach. Build partnerships with local mental health organizations to offer resources and support services for students and their families, connecting them to broader networks of care beyond the school environment.

Destigmatize professional help. Encourage students to seek assistance for mental health issues just as they would for any physical ailment. Normalize therapy, medication, and other forms of treatment, dispelling myths and promoting responsible help-seeking behaviors.

It’s important to remember that fostering a culture of mental well-being is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Sustained efforts, open communication, and a commitment to building a supportive environment are necessary. This environment ensures students feel safe, understood, and empowered to seek help when needed. By creating this safety net, we transform cracks in the student facade into opportunities for intervention, healing, and ultimately, a brighter future for all.

Together, let’s build a school community where mental health struggles are not hidden battles but open conversations met with understanding, support, and a collective hand outstretched to help. Working towards a future where our students don’t just survive but truly thrive, with their mental well-being woven into the very fabric of the school experience.

mental health crisis students

If you, or know of someone who could use some online counseling to feel heard and learn ways to cope, please connect with one of our therapists today for a free consultation.


Start today with your FREE no
commitment consultation!

Follow Us!


As an online mental health counseling practice, our mission is to offer a variety of online therapy services to help you focus on your wellbeing. We take the stress out of getting the treatment you deserve. Synergy eTherapists provide flexible, convenient, and easy to use mental health services.

We offer online therapy in several states including MinnesotaIowa, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kansas, California, Florida, Colorado, and many other states. We add new states to this list regularly.

Our online therapists can treat anxiety, trauma, depression, substance abuse, maternal mental health concerns, grief and loss, and more.

Our therapists help teens, college students, adults, couples, and people with health conditions and chronic pain during online therapy. Additionally, we can offer psychiatric medication management in certain states.

Learn more FAQs about our online therapy group practice as well as the cost of online therapy

Start Today With A Free Consultation

Scroll to Top

Bringing all things positive to you!

Join our monthly eNewsletter and receive our

FREE guide on how to cope with ANXIETY!

We won’t sell or give away your email to anyone