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 differently in a way that is concerning for you, this may be an emergency. To be safe, seek help immediately.
  • If you have been physically attacked (mugging, sexual assault, etc.), seek help immediately.
  • Many other concerns can be experienced as a crisis.  Please feel free to consult us if you are not sure how to handle a situation if it should arise.


  • For any crisis situation that involves the threat of imminent danger call Campus Police at 256.824.6911.
  • For emergency situations, not involving imminent danger, call our office directly at 256.824.6203 or come in to Executive Plaza, Bldg 200, Ste 208.  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 in crisis situations.

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 www.csna.org 256.716.1000 or 1.800.691.8426.