Level 1 - unfolding concern

  • Let the student know that you have noticed their recent struggles and that help is available.
  • Explain that seeking help earlier may prevent a problem getting bigger.
  • Suggest they contact Student Support Services.


  • Teary and anxious in class.
  • Overwhelmed by end-of-semester workload and family responsibilities.

Academic functioning

  • Worried about assessments.
  • Stressed about giving presentations.

Social functioning

  • Minor relationship ups and downs.
  • May withdraw briefly.

Personal functioning

  • Short-term symptoms such as irritability, low mood, poor sleep.
  • Functions okay generally.

Coping behaviours

  • Stress reaction. Normal coping returns once situation resolves.

Your response

  • Support stress management, problem solving and peer support.
  • Encouraging counselling if issues persist.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.