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Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Counseling Center



Emergency Situations


PLEASE NOTE: the information contained in this website is not intended to substitute for help from a qualified mental health professional. PLEASE DO NOT attempt to diagnose and treat yourself.

WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY/CRISIS SITUATION?

An emergency or crisis situation is one over which you feel you have little or no control. If you feel that you or someone you know is in danger of self harm or suicide, or is feeling "out of control" ...

GET HELP IMMEDIATELY!!

If you are not experiencing an emergency or crisis situation but are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms and would like professional assistance, please come to Room 144 South Hall or call 1-570-662-4436 or 1-507-662-4695.

If it is after hours and you feel help is needed immediately, call campus police (1-570-662-4900) for the home number of one of the counselors.

PLEASE, use this option (calling a counselor at home) with discretion, it should be used forEMERGENCIES ONLY. THANK YOU.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AN EMERGENCY OR CRISIS SITUATION

  • extreme anxiety or restlessness
  • inability to concentrate or relax
  • have not eaten in a few days (or have eaten very little) - not due to illness
  • have not slept or have slept very little for a few days - not due to illness
  • loss of interest in formerly enjoyable activities
  • irrational fears
  • chronic fatigue
  • inability to stop crying 
  • extreme mood swings
  • thoughts of hurting self
  • thoughts of hurting others
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, threats

NOTE: THESE ARE NOT THE ONLY SYMPTOMS OF A CRISIS, MERELY SOME OF THE MORE COMMON ONES. IF YOU FEEL YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, SEEK HELP REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THE SYMPTOMS MATCH THOSE IN THIS LIST.

SIGNS OF DISTRESS

While these are not necessarily symptoms of a crisis, if you are experiencing any of the following, it may be beneficial to seek help.

  • restless or broken sleep for a period of several days
  • lack of energy 
  • feeling tired most of the time
  • diminished appetite
  • feeling "not yourself"
  • feeling stressed
  • unusual irritability
  • feeling sad, blue, or down
  • restlessness during waking hours
  • inability to concentrate

Again, this is not a complete listing of symptoms you may experience. If you have any reason at all to suspect that you may be depressed or in need of counseling, please contact the Counseling Center as soon as possible.