Crisis & Emergency Services

Who can help if I am in crisis?

After hours support is available at 573-882-6601.

MU Counseling Center has therapists on call during business hours to offer help when you are in crisis. Please call our office at 573-882-6601 or come in to 119 Parker Hall to speak with one of the clinicians on call. Our on-call counselor is happy to offer support in the moment and when appropriate to assist you in establishing ongoing mental health care.

After business hours, including weekends and holidays, telephone crisis assessment, consultation and support is available by contacting us at 573-882-6601. This service can provide immediate assistance by phone regarding a variety of crisis issues and can facilitate transition to MU Counseling Center daytime services.

If you are not in crisis, but need ongoing counseling, please contact our office at 573-882-6601 or come in to 119 Parker Hall to schedule an initial appointment.

If you need emergency assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

24-Hour Hotlines

You may also use the following 24-hour hotlines:

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255 or chat at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The Lifeline is available to help no matter what problems you are dealing with. When you contact the lifeline you will be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center your area. Lifeline counselors are able to provide emergency response when appropriate.

The Trevor Lifeline

866-488-7386 Trevor provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. TrevorChat is available 7 days a week 2:00 pm-8:00 pm CST at www.thetrevorproject.org. TrevorText is available Fridays 3:00 pm-7:00 pm CST. Text the word “Trevor” to 202-304-1200.

Veterans Crisis Line

800-273-8255 and Press 1 The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring, Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Access chat at www.veteranscrisisline.net. You may also send a text to 838255.

Concerned about an MU student?

Imminent Risk

If you are concerned that an MU student is an immediate danger self or others call 911. Let the dispatchers know this is a mental health emergency and provide any information you have about the student and why you think there is an immediate danger.

When you are concerned but there does not appear to be immediate danger

Consult with MU Counseling Center On-Call clinicians

You may be the first person to notice when an MU student is in emotional crisis. MU Counseling Center is here to support you and provide consultation about how you can help the student. During regular business hours call 573-882-6601 or come into 119 Parker Hall to speak to our on-call clinician. We can provide feedback, offer resource information, or help you talk to the student about your concerns more effectively.

Crisis Intervention

When you are assisting a student who is in significant distress and it is clear that immediate professional help is needed, please encourage the student to call or come in to the Counseling Center. When the student is unable to cope alone or expresses thoughts about suicide or harm to others please bring them to the Counseling Center during business hours for a crisis appointment. The student will complete paperwork just as they would at a doctor’s office or emergency room, then our on-call therapist will meet with them to assess needs, assist the student in coping in the moment, and when appropriate assist the student in accessing appropriate on-going mental health care.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Police Officers

MU Police Department, Columbia Police Department, and Boone County Sheriff’s Department have several officers who are specifically trained to respond to situations involving subjects experiencing mental or emotional crisis due to mental illness. If you become concerned about a student, staff, or faculty member and are unable to make direct contact or they present an imminent harm to themselves or others, CIT officers are available to assist. Contact MUPD at 573-882-7201 or Joint Communications Information Center (JCIC) at 573-442-6131 to request a CIT officer for assistance. Officers will make contact with the subject of concern and conduct a brief assessment regarding safety and mental health resource needs. When appropriate officers may transport the student to University Hospital/MU Psychiatric Center (MUPC) for immediate psychiatric evaluation.

MU At-Risk Committee

The At-Risk Committee, chaired by Dr. Cathy Scroggs, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, works to keep the campus and all students, faculty and staff safe. When you are concerned about that student or colleague is at risk for harm to self or others, contact the At-Risk Committee at 573-882-6776 to provide information about your concerns. The committee will work together to find natural supports for the student and to assist in helping the student access appropriate professional resources.

After Hours Support Services

MU Counseling Center

573-882-6601 MU Counseling Center offers after hours support to any MU student or any person concerned about an MU student. You will have the option to leave a message or to Press 0 to speak to a licensed mental health professional. This is an extension of Counseling Center services and can assist a caller in any mental health crisis situation. Counselors can also assist callers in accessing Counseling Center services or other campus resources. When appropriate, Counseling Center staff will follow up with the caller on the next business day.

Missouri Crisis Line

888-761-4357 or text assistance available by texting “HAND” to 839863. The Missouri Crisis Line is staffed by local volunteers who are trained to respond to a wide range of difficulties including suicide, self-injury, sexual assault, relationship violence, and emotional distress.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255 or chat at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The Lifeline is available to help no matter what problems you are dealing with. When you contact the lifeline you will be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center your area. Lifeline counselors are able to provide emergency response when appropriate.

The Trevor Lifeline

866-488-7386 Trevor provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. TrevorChat is available 7 days a week 2:00 pm-8:00 pm CST at www.thetrevorproject.org. TrevorText is available Fridays 3:00 pm-7:00 pm CST. Text the word “Trevor” to 202-304-1200.

Veterans Crisis Line

800-273-8255 and Press 1 The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring, Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Access chat at www.veteranscrisisline.net. You may also send a text to 838255.