The Counseling Center has prepared the following information to help faculty and staff determine how best to help students in need.
Listed below are some guidelines to help you assess and manage crisis intervention with your students. Above all else, call for help if you are not sure what to do. We have carefully selected the following resources with the belief that each link provides useful information. Readers are encouraged to critically review and verify the information provided on each web site since we cannot guarantee accuracy. It is impossible for us to examine all links on the Internet and so we encourage you to use the information wisely. The FLC Counseling Center does not necessarily endorse the information provided on these sites and this information is not intended to replace the advice of a physical or mental health care professional.
Making a Referral: Consulting or referring a student in crisis
There is a counselor “on call” every day to manage crisis situations. If you are calling about a crisis situation, please tell the Office Manager the situation and she will refer it to the “on call” counselor. It is likely that the counselor may be in a counseling session when you call. If the crisis warrants interrupting a counseling session, please let the Office Manager know. Otherwise give contact information, including time and phone number, and a counselor will return your call. Students who are in crisis and do not wish to come to the Counseling Center may access mental health services by calling the crisis hot line (970-247-5245), AXIS Health Systems (970-259-2162), or going to the Emergency Room at Mercy Medical Center Hospital, 1010 Three Springs Blvd. Our local psychiatric ATU (Acute Treatment Unit) is located next to the Mercy Medical Center Hospital, (970-403-0180).
Students who prefer on-line resources should be referred to ULifeline. ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline is available where college students seek information the most at their fingertips on the internet. Go to www.ulifeline.org/schools/fortlewis and click on Self-eValuator for on-line screening.
Crisis situations that occur at night should be called into Campus Police (911 or 9-911 from a campus phone) or AXIS Health Systems crisis hot line (970-247-5245). If needed, these agencies will contact our counselors at home.
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