What is a Crisis? 

Crises include thoughts of harm to self or others, or psychological traumas. Crises occur when our sense of safety becomes compromised. Emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and situations can all become unsafe. 

You may be in crisis if you:

  • Have experienced a recent emotional/physical trauma
  • Are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else
  • Have been urged by someone to come to counseling or other mental health service

You may recognize this in yourself - or observe it in someone else.


Signs of crisis in others may include such observed behaviors as: 

  • References to suicide: “If she dumps me, I’ll die.” “See ya later, if I live long enough.”
  • Attitudes of violence toward another: “He doesn’t deserve to live.” “I’ll kill her if…”
  • Incoherent or bizarre thinking: “My iPad player told me to do it.” “2+2 equals orange.”

If any of the above fit for you or a student you know, please seek assistance.


What to Do

We provide crisis intervention 24 hours a day during the regular academic year. 

Be sure to inform the Health & Counseling clinical staff that you believe the situation to be a crisis. 



If either you or someone else is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, immediately call 911 (or 9-911 from campus phones).


during Clinic Hours

Call Health & Counseling Service, or come in-person— alone, with the person concerned for you, or with the person for whom you are concerned.  


  • Mon-Thurs: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri: 8:00am-12:00pm

Faculty/staff may arrange to have a student “walked” to the clinic.

After Hours

Call Campus Safety & Security to initiate crisis response, as we provide crisis intervention through an on-call system after hours: 

  • Evenings
  • Weekends
  • Breaks

Depending on the nature of the crisis, officers may contact the counselor-on-call and/or other emergency service personnel.

What Will Happen

The student in crisis will be seen by a counselor upon first availability, or at the end of the regular appointment day.

Clinic staff will provide a safe haven until the student meets with a counselor to problem-solve the situation and plan for safety.