If you are experiencing an emergency:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
24 hours, toll free
A mental health emergency (or crisis) occurs when someone's mental or emotional condition results in behavior that poses an imminent danger to that person or to someone else, whether that danger is life threatening or not.
In either case, emergencies should be taken very seriously, and immediate attention is required.
Look for a cluster of clues. A suicidal person who gives warning signs will most often present more than one clue.
When the situation is not clear:
At one time or another, everyone feels depressed or upset. However, there are three levels of student distress that, when present over a period of time, suggest the student's problems may be more serious.
Although not disruptive to others in your class, these behaviors may indicate that something is wrong and that help may be needed:
These behaviors may indicate significant emotional distress or a reluctance or inability to acknowledge a need for personal help:
These behaviors usually show that the student is in crisis and needs emergency care:
Responses to Level 1/2 behavior (see tips above):
Responses to Level 3 behavior:
Although a student may ask for your help with a problem and you are willing to help, certain circumstances may require you to suggest other resources:
If you have concerns about a student, counselors at the University of Baltimore Counseling Center are available for consultation. We help by: