If you believe your life or somenone else’s life is in imminent danger, please call 911.
CAPS offers 24/7 crisis services with our on-call counselor. Call CAPS at 402.472.7450 and press “4” to speak with the counselor on duty at any time. These services provide an opportunity to speak with a counselor about an immediate crisis, get support and develop a plan to help you manage your crisis.
You decide how you define “crisis.” Examples might include:
- Suicidal thoughts, intent, plan, and/or other risks of harm to yourself.
- Homicidal thoughts, intent, plan, and/or other risks of harm to others.
- A traumatic event occurred recently (e.g., a crime, natural disaster, sexual or physical assault).
- Someone close to you has recently died.
- Perceptual disturbances such as hearing things or seeing things that others do not hear or see.
- Feeling persistently unsafe, a sense of impending doom or danger, or that something or someone wants to hurt you or is out to get you.
- Currently living without food, clothing, and/or shelter.
- Unable to care for yourself, such as not eating or sleeping for several days.
- Having withdrawal symptoms from drugs or alcohol (call 911 for medical assistance).
- Experiencing uncontrollable panic and unable to calm down.
We’re always here to help! If you’re having a crisis during our regular business hours and want to walk in for crisis services, please call our office at 402.472.7450. Please note that this option functions like an urgent care clinic where there may be a wait up to one hour.
Other Crisis Services
- If you are having a problem with a psychiatric medication, call the University Health Center: 402.472.5000
- If your problem is urgent or involves serious side effects, call or go to the nearest emergency room
- Nearest emergency room to campus is Bryan Medical Center West (2300 S. 16th St)
Sexual assault and relationship violence:
- For urgent concerns, call the Voices of Hope 24-hour crisis line at 402.475.7273 seven days a week for confidential support and assistance
- Schedule an appointment with a CARE Advocate by calling 402.472.3553
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I intervene for a student who I believe is in crisis?
- Intervene when you think the student is out of control, violent and/or is in a life-threatening situation
- Example: A student is threatening suicide or homicide; a student physically harms her- or himself and/or others
How should I intervene for a student in crisis?
Call 911 or the campus police at 402.472.2222. Report your concern, the student’s name and where the student can be found.
How can Counseling and Psychological Services help in the event of a campuswide crisis?
If a difficult situation occurs that involves more than one student or system, we offer a variety of services. Faculty and staff may consult with a staff member about difficult situations involving students about whom they are concerned. Call 402.472.7450 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m for a consultation. If it is an emergency, call 911 or the campus police at 402.472.2222.
I am a parent. What do I do if my student is in crisis?
Parents are welcome to consult with us about their student if they have concerns. We are required by law to keep counseling and relationships with clients 19 and older confidential, but we can advise how to approach various concerns with your student and help you connect him or her to resources.