Crisis and crisis support

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

What to do

Emergencies

Call 911 when:

  • There is imminent life-threatening or violent behavior to self or others
  • For Durango after-hours emergencies

Axis Health Crisis hotline

Available 24 hours: 970-247-5245

In person, on campus, business hours

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.

Campus and community crisis resources

Organization Phone Number

COUNSELING CENTER
(Monday-Friday 8-12 and 1-5)
Summer mid- May to mid- August
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 - 4:30

970-247-7212
CAMPUS POLICE 911
DURANGO POLICE DEPARTMENT 911
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)

 

Supporting someone in crisis

Everyone defines crisis differently because of his/her life experience and genetic make-up. 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. Oftentimes, 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.


Survivor Support Fund

As a survivor of sexual violence, you can get financial support to assist with things like medical and mental health appointments, or other needs. As an ally, consider donating to the fund.


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 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.