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Psychological Crisis

Identifying a Psychological Crisis

A psychological crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others, or is delusional and out of touch with reality.

The crisis may be manifested as:

Paranoia
Disruptive behavior
Hallucinations
Complete withdrawal
Uncontrolled behavior (anger, yelling)
Self injury

Reporting a Crisis Situation

Students

If a student is experiencing a severe psychological crisis, contact the University Police (911 or 256-824-6911) and the Counseling Center (256-824-6203). University Police can ensure physical safety of all involved and arrange for transportation of the student to the nearest hospital emergency room. The Counseling Center can provide psychological assessment, treatment planning and emotional support. The University Police and Counseling Center staff will collaborate to determine the best approach in each situation to protect the physical and emotional well-being of all involved.

Faculty or Staff

A faculty/staff member experiencing a psychological crisis should be directed to the nearest hospital emergency room or to call their family physician. If a faculty or staff member is experiencing a severe psychological crisis, contact the University Police for assessment and transport to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Important Considerations

Should you come into contact with someone experiencing a psychological crisis, DO NOT attempt to handle the potentially dangerous situation alone. Notify University Police at 256-824-6911 or 911. All suicide attempts should be immediately reported to Police. The safety of the person in crisis and those around him should be of first concern. University Police will work closely with campus counseling professionals when necessary.