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The signs of digital distress can be slightly harder to pinpoint, but you can build systems into your online or hybrid courses to help you identify students who may be struggling with their mental health.

By adding regular check-ins, you can ease some of the difficulties of identifying distress. But even besides check-ins, you can look for:

  • Change in tone or frequency
  • Posting about death
  • Choosing not to appear on camera, being unresponsive or completely disengaged
  • Not showing up for online classes
  • Their environment appears distressing