Psychological/Mental Health Crisis Protocols

For an individual or a community, an event may be considered a psychological emergency when people feel overwhelmed and unable to function effectively in dealing with a problem using their own resources. At times a psychological emergency may entail a person who indicates either verbally and/or behaviorally that he/she is unable to ensure the personal safety of self or of others; this may include incidents of suicidal or homicidal threat or gesture, unusual or "acting out" behavior, emotional trauma. In case of emergency, contact K-State campus police at 911. Police will notify the office of student life, who may implement the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

Since any campus community member may be the first campus person contacted directly by a person in crisis, the following outline is meant to assist in understanding possible steps to dealing with the crisis. The procedures listed below should be modified to fit each situation and the abilities/responsibilities of the person or office providing the assistance.

Mental health crisis protocol

Office of Student Life: 785-532-6432

University Counseling Services: 785-532-6927