Knowing where (and when) to seek out mental health support is important, whether you’re concerned about yourself or a friend. Here are some guidelines you can use to determine if you should seek emergency support, crisis support or general support for mental health concerns.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911, CU Boulder Police (303-492-6666) or go to your nearest emergency department. It’s important to know that calling the police will not get a student into any kind of trouble. In fact, it is the quickest way to access support in an emergency situation.
Emergencies can include when an individual:
When calling for emergency assistance, be prepared to provide accurate information so that first responders can effectively intervene and support the person in need. Operators may ask you for details about the person you’re calling about, including their name, address, description, mental health history, substance use history, if they own any weapons and descriptions of the behaviors that are concerning you.
Crises can be distressing. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or needs urgent, same-day support, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is here to support you 24/7. Give their office a call at 303-492-2277. Calling ahead allows providers to triage your concerns, so they can address them more quickly and effectively.
Mental health crises can include when an individual:
CAPS providers can work with you to address your immediate concerns and connect you with additional resources to keep you safe. Additional support services are available locally, regionally and nationally.
Remember that everyone struggles sometimes, and you don’t have to go it alone. Here are some examples of times when it may be a good idea to seek support or connect with resources on campus.
General mental health support can be a great option if someone is:
If you are struggling with any of the mental health concerns listed above, be sure to check out the following resources for support.