Mental Health Emergency

A mental health emergency is a situation in which an individual is experiencing mental, emotional and/or psychological disturbances and stress that may result in a threat or harm to her/himself and/or others.

In the event of a mental health emergency, constituting an immediate threat to self or others, notify FSU Campus Police at (304) 367-4357.

In non-emergency situations, refer students to the Counseling Center and Student Affairs Center in Colebank Hall; refer faculty and staff to Human Resources. If appropriate, walk the individual over to the Counseling Center or to Human Resources.

  • Express your concerns directly to the individual.
  • Make referral in the presence of the individual and offer to accompany them.
  • Watch for changes in behavior.
  • Significant changes in academic or work performance;
  • Changes in hygiene, speech, attentiveness or social interaction;
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns,
  • Excessive drinking or drug use;
  • Sever loss of emotional control;
  • High levels of irritability;
  • Impaired speech or garbled/disjointed thoughts;
  • Excessively morbid, violent or depressing themes in written assignments;
  • Expression of suicidal or violent thoughts.

Concerns for an individual’s emotional well-being should be reported to the Threat Assessment Team at
(304) 367-4157 regardless of whether or not the individual wishes to seek services.

Report any violence or threat of violence to Campus Police immediately at (304) 367-4357.