Counseling Center

Crisis Information!

It is a crisis if the student:
Expresses imminent suicidal thoughts and/or a plan
Expresses imminent homicidal thoughts
Loses emotional control severely
Shows gross impairment in thinking ability
Exhibits bizarre or unusual behavior
Experienced recent domestic or sexual assault

GET HELP IMMEDIATELY!


CALL THE POLICE when:
- There is imminent life-threatening or violent behavior to self or others
- For Durango after-hours emergencies

The Counseling Center has an on-call counselor available Monday through Friday (during business hours) for students in crisis. You can either call the Counseling Center at (970) 247-7212 or come to our office in Noble Hall, Room 260.

If you are a student in crisis, the following are resources for your use:

COUNSELING CENTER
(Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-5)
(970) 247-7212
CAMPUS POLICE 9-911 (on-campus)
DURANGO POLICE DEPARTMENT 911 (off-campus)
CRISIS HOTLINE
Emergency & Suicide
Intervention Services
(970) 247-5245
MERCY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
1010 Three Springs Blvd., Durango, CO
(970) 247-4311
LIFELINE (800) 273-TALK
(800-273-8255)
SUICIDE HOTLINE (800) SUICIDE
(800-784-2433)

 

Each student defines crisis differently because of his/her life experience and genetic make-up. Rather than judge the situation as to whether you would call it a crisis, be sure to listen to the student and let them determine that. Often times, the essential ingredient is whether they currently have adequate coping skills and a support system to help them manage whatever situation they are in. It is also very important to assess whether they have a mental health condition (depression, mood disorder, anxiety) as that often physically decreases one's ability to cope.

Helpful Links for Students in Crisis

What Can We Do? Shared Responsibility: Recognizing and Helping Students in Distress: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Students
A guide for those concerned about students who may be in crisis that lists warning signs, steps to making a referral, etc.

ULifeline – Self-Evaluator
Click on “Self-Evaluator” for an online assessment that that can tell insights about your current state of mind. The Self e-Valuator provides a valuable and objective perspective if or when you're struggling with troubling thoughts, and is also useful for friends/family/faculty who may be concerned about a student.

The Road to Resilience
An article from the American Psychological Association introducing resiliency and giving tips on how to build it.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center – College Students Page
Provides customized information for college students on suicide including warning signs, how to help peers, and college students’ roles in preventing suicide.

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