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A mental health crisis is a situation in which a person is attempting to kill themselves or is seriously contemplating or planning to do so. It is considered by public safety authorities, medical practice, and emergency services to be a medical emergency, requiring immediate suicide intervention and emergency medical treatment.
After hours and weekends or holidays:
While dealing with a mental health crisis:
Once you have made contact, either escort them to the Counseling Services office during business hours or call the campus police and they will come to you. Never leave an actively suicial person alone. Remain with the person until help arrives.
By being available, aware, and ready to listen, you can play an important role in helping an individual regain the emotional balance needed to cope and get back on track. You can approach the individual privately and offer to listen. Give the person you undivided attention. Listen and don't judge. Brainstorm possible solutions. Avoid telling the person what to do. Express your concern. Let the person talk. Give hope. Suggest - resources, family, and friends.
Be clear about your boundaries by maintaining respect for the individual and the nature of your relationship. If you are a peer, express your concern as a friend.
Referral to the Counseling department is appropriate when any of the following is happening:
Your role doesn't end when the immediate crisis is over. After a person has revealed his or her suicidal thoughts to you, you can still be helpful by:
Consulting with Counseling Services at (573) 341-4211 or other community resources if you still have concerns about the person
Make time to engage in self-care like listening to music, connecting with friends/family, enjoying a hobby, or taking a walk. Most people can benefit from counseling and do not have to be in crisis to seek assistance. If you would like support from a mental health professional, call or visit the Counseling department today.