Recognizing Distress
Ogeechee Technical College

Most students will face some personal, academic, and social stressors. Most students will be able to handle these challenges on their own or with minimal help, but some may experience them as overwhelming and unmanageable. When that happens I want the students to be aware that I am here on campus to help. I am available to provide short-term counseling designed to deal with personal, family, social, and educational concerns. Also, please feel free to ask me questions at anytime. I will continue to send out emails to all students with tips on how to handle some of these situations. If any of you need some of these emails, please let me know.  

Don’t forget you can submit a TEAMS alert through Blackboard if you notice a student struggling academically, socially or personally. 
Victoria Ruiz, Student Navigator, will receive these alerts and reach out to the student. Examples of reasons for concerns: 

How to recognize  students in distress:

  • References to suicide (written or verbal)
  • Noted isolation from friends, classmates or other support persons
  • Marked change in behavior
  • Listlessness, lack of energy
  • Impaired speech or garbled, disjointed thoughts
  • High levels of irritability, unruly or abusive behavior
  • Students who appear overly nervous, tense or tearful
  • Anxiety, stress, depression
  • Marked inability to make decisions
  • Drug and Alcohol abuse
  • Normal emotions displayed to an extreme degree or for a prolonged period
  • Threat to others
  • Marked changes is personal hygiene
  • Dramatic weight loss or gain  


Contact Information

Nolie Burns, LAPC, NCC
Counseling & Retention Coordinator

One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd.  | Statesboro, Georgia 30458 
Office 188, Joseph E. Kennedy Building |  Phone: 912.486.7811