Get crisis support

  • Call 911 in an emergency
  • Call the local 24-hour crisis hotline (970) 247-5245
  • Call the Colorado 24-hour crisis hotline (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 382555
  • Call the FLC Counseling Center during regular business hours (970) 247-7212

Recognizing a crisis

A crisis can be, but is not limited to, times when you or someone else:

  • Expresses current suicidal thoughts or has a plan
  • Expresses current homicidal thoughts
  • Loses emotional control for several hours
  • Shows serious impairment in thinking ability
  • Exhibits strange or unusual behavior
  • Has experienced recent domestic, physical, or sexual assault


Mental health hospitalization is rare, and only occurs after careful assessment or in truly life-threatening situations. Typically, going to the hospital is voluntary—meaning that you agree it’s the best thing for you.

As in all cases where other departments or organizations are involved, we maintain your confidentiality. This means that we would not share the reason for your hospitalization with anyone without your consent. We are happy to coordinate with academic and other departments to support your best care, and if you are an on-campus resident, we may work with student housing officials to ensure proper care coordination.

Should a crisis evaluation and/or hospitalization be required, we partner with our community mental health center, Axis Health Systems, as well as campus departments (i.e. Student Housing, Campus Police, Health Center) as appropriate and necessary.

Supporting someone in crisis

Everyone defines crisis differently because of their life experience and how they respond to the events in their life. Rather than judge whether you would call it a crisis, be sure to listen to the person confiding in you and let them determine that. The most helpful thing you can do is have their back: reassure them that you care, and as needed, help them find the resources to manage the situation they’re in.