Addressing a student of concern can be challenging. Your ability and decision to confront the situation might be influences by: your willingness to dedicate time and energy, the gravity of the dilemma, and your level of experience.
If you do not know the student too well, (the student is a resident within your building but not on your floor’s community; you don’t socialize together, the student is within a larger class that you teach) however, you are noticing that there is something askew (changes in behavior, signals of distress, etc) it might be easier for you to speak with a friend or colleague who knows the student better. Nevertheless, it is paramount that the student is connect to assistance. If your comfortably negates your ability to address the situation and you are unaware of the student’s social circle, please contact Student Intervention Services who can assist you with connecting with the student by problem solving and developing a safe strategy.
If you have already developed a rapport with the student, it is usually best to address the situation with her/him directly. An abetting aspect is to address the situation at the earliest point possible: soon after noticing the changes in behavior or signals of distress