Cougar Cares

This site is dedicated to helping WSU Tri-Cities students be successful by providing a forum for early intervention to anyone who has direct contact with students. Through this website we hope to provide you with the resources you need to assist a student, and/or open communication channels so that someone else may provide the appropriate help.

Cougar Cares is monitored Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At WSU Tri-Cities, we do our best to take care of our fellow Cougars. The goal of Cougars CARE is to make sure that our students have what they need in order to be successful. At times students may encounter challenges that can impact all aspect of their lives. Please consider submitting a Cougars CARE report if you feel a WSUTC staff member should know something is happening with a student. Common reports are: academic alerts, anxiety, depression, family/friend death, increased risky behavior, peer/romantic relationship issues, roommate/housing issues, medical issues, etc.
Please fill out the following online form.

Assistance and Referral Form

Are you concerned about a student’s physical or mental health? Has a student’s behavior caused you to worry about his or her potential actions? Become aware of the warning signs and if needed, complete the Assistance & Referral Form to inform appropriate university personnel.

Warning Signs

Changes in a student’s style and level of functioning are often indicators of distress. The suddenness and extent of change may reflect the severity of the difficulty.

Faculty and Staff Should Be Aware Of:

Assignments not being turned in, or turned in late
A change in frequency of absences from class
Disinterest, apathy, and hopelessness
Disruptiveness in class (e.g. angry outbursts, acting out)
Excessive emotional content in discussing or writing class materials
Mention of suicide or homicide in the content of coursework
Significant decline or deficit in self care behaviors,(e.g. personal hygiene, extreme weight loss)
Noticeable changes in personality or behavior
Change in perception of reality
Significant paranoia regarding government, law enforcement, administration, etc

Fellow Students Should Be Aware Of:

Communicating threats against self, others, or the campus
Fantasizing about harm to self, others, or the campus
Aggressive behavior or speech
Frequent mentioning of or discussion about death
Noticeable changes in personality or behavior
Increase in substance use/abuse
Disinterest, apathy, and hopelessness
Social withdrawal

Immediate Mental Health Emergencies:

Signs that the student may be experiencing a mental health emergency and, potentially, in danger of harm to self or others include:

Direct suicidal or homicidal statements
Bizarre speech
Loss of contact with reality
Extreme anxiety; panic

In these instances, walk the student to Counseling Services (West 269E), or call 911.