If you or an Adams State student friend are in crisis, the Counseling Center staff are available during regular office hours to see you or consult with you, faculty/staff or parents over the phone (587-7746). A crisis situation is broadly defined as one in which a person appears to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with some problem, is experiencing increased stress, is unable to think or act clearly or appropriately, yet feels pressure to make a decision, take some action, or make some kind of immediate change. In addition to crisis and long-term counseling services, the Counseling Center also offers case management and referral services.
The types of services offered are:
- Direct intervention involves speaking directly to the person(s) in crisis, generally at the Counseling Center (220 Richardson Hall).
- Consultation involves talking with friends, faculty/staff, residence hall staff, or other campus agencies who have contacted the Counseling Center about crisis situations.
If you or a friend need help after the regularly scheduled Counseling Center office hours, local contacts are:
- San Luis Valley Comprehensive Mental Health Center, 24 hours 7 days a week: 719-589-3671.
- Emergencies for police, fire or paramedics, 24 hours 7 days a week: 911.
- Tu Casa, 24 hours 7 days a week: 719-589-2465. Tu Casa offers services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
These are some websites with crisis chat lines and information on suicide:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's website: This site includes the National Suicide Hotline number, an online chat function, news, links to crisis centers, and more.
- The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project offers support for LGBTQ students and offers a live chat function to connect with trained volunteers. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and young adults.
- Metro Crisis Services: Metro Crisis Services provides the Metro Crisis Line (888-885-1222), a 24/7 crisis hotline for the State of Colorado. They will also work to connect you with a mental health professional in your area, whether that is in Alamosa or somewhere else in the Valley.