How to Help Someone Else

It’s important that as a part of the UNT community, we all know the signs to get help for a classmate, roommate, child, student, co-worker or friend in crisis. Speak out and reach out to them.

There are three levels of distress, which over a period of time, could suggest that someone is going through a difficult time in their life.

QPR training is a suicide prevention training available to faculty, staff, and students at UNT. Please email for more information about QPR training.

Learn these signs to help someone in distress:

Level 1

  • Changes in academic or work performance
  • Significant drop in examination scores
  • Changes in pattern of social interaction
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Problems concentrating, remembering things or making decisions

Level 2

  • Repeated requests for special consideration
  • New or regularly occurring behavior that pushes the limits and may interfere with class or work
  • Disruptive behavior to other students, faculty or staff
  • Unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
  • Persistent sadness or unexplained crying
  • High levels of irritability or inappropriate excitement

Level 3

  • Highly disturbed behavior
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Inability to communicate clearly
  • Irrational conversation or speech that seems disconnected
  • Loss of contact with reality (seeing/hearing things that are not there, beliefs or actions at odds with reality)
  • Suspiciousness or irrational feelings of persecution
  • Statements related to death or dying or feelings of hopelessness
  • Threats of harming self or harming others

What can you do to help someone in need?

  • Listen
  • Show you care
  • Don’t judge
  • Trust your instincts about their safety
  • Don’t leave the person alone if they are in a crisis situation
  • Speak out - tell someone who can help them
  • Seek counseling for the person

When in doubt, reach out to any of the UNT or Denton resources for assistance. Speaking out can help save lives.