Get help now

  • 911 for emergencies
  • Local 24-hour crisis hotline 970-247-5245
  • National crisis hotline 988
  • Colorado 24-hour crisis hotline 844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 382555
  • FLC Counseling Center during business hours at 970-247-7212
  • Text STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor with the Steve Fund

Recognizing crises & emergencies

Everyone defines crisis differently because of their life experience and how they respond to the events in their life. It's not the time for you to judge. Listen to the person confiding in you and let them determine if they're experiencing a crisis. Reassure them you care and help them find needed resources. 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

Learn more about suicide prevention from Student Wellness.


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 HousingCampus PoliceHealth Center) as appropriate and necessary.