Level 3 - unfolding emergency


  • Expressing thoughts of suicide or self- harm but currently safe.
  • People are expressing their concerns.

Academic functioning

  • Not attending classes.
  • Failing courses.
  • Unable to function effectively in their student roles.

Social functioning

  • May be isolated and withdrawn.
  • Communications don’t make sense.
  • Irrational or hostile interactions which are out of character.

Personal functioning

  • May be experiencing mood swings.
  • Neglecting self-care.
  • Disorganised and having difficulty making decisions.
  • Thoughts of escaping via self-harm or suicide.
  • Could seem out of touch with reality.

Coping behaviours

  • Poor coping across several areas of life.
  • Impulsive.
  • Self-medicating.
  • Unable to make use of supports.

Your response

  • Encourage student to review academic expectations - options to reduce load, WWAP - and to enlist support of family and close friends.
  • Refer to student support, Counselling, GP. Consult with senior colleague, Campus Care, Counselling if student at risk of harm to self or others.

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.