It is a crisis if the student:
Expresses current suicidal thoughts and/or a plan
Expresses current homicidal thoughts
Loses emotional control for several hours
Shows serious impairment in thinking ability
Exhibits strange and/or unusual behavior
Experienced recent domestic, physical or sexual assault
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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:
(Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-5)
Summer mid- May to mid- August
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 - 4:30
|DURANGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
Emergency & Suicide
|MERCY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
1010 Three Springs Blvd., Durango, CO
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 About 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.
Understanding Depression and Effective Treatment
Click here for an article from the American Psychological Association.