Crisis Situations

What is a Crisis?

Crises generally involve a situation in which someone’s safety is at risk (oftentimes a potentially life-or-death situation). In any circumstance in which you believe your safety or the safety of someone else is in danger, treat it as a crisis and seek help IMMEDIATELY!

  • Suicidal or homicidal gestures or attempts are crisis situations. Persistent thoughts about death or specific ideas on ways to hurt self or others should be treated as crisis situations.
  • If someone you know is suddenly acting very different from usual and doesn’t seem to be making any sense at all, this may be an emergency. To be safe, seek help immediately.
  • If you have been physically attacked (mugging, sexual assault, etc.), seek help immediately.
  • Please feel free to consult with us if you are not sure how to handle a situation if it should arise.


  • For any crisis situation where there is imminent danger to a student or someone else call Campus Police at 256-824-6911
  • For emergency situations, where there is not imminent life threatening danger, call our office directly at 256-824-6203 or come in to MH 136. If it is after hours (weekdays after 5 pm or weekend), please call Campus Police at 256-824-6911.

DO NOT contact us through email or this website.

Crisis intervention is a service offered to students who are in serious, immediate emotional distress.  Counselors are on call to handle emergencies such as suicide attempts, rape or attempted rape, physical assaults, and other types of crises.  We can be contacted after hours through university police.

Off campus resource: Crisis Services of North Alabama 256-716-1000 or 1-800-691-8426.