For Immediate Emergency Assistance, Dial 911 (9-911 on campus phones)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
University Police are committed to ensuring our safety on campus. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Phone: (828) 262-8000 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
- After-hours: (828) 262-2150
Other local options:
- Phone: (828) 264-8759
- Emergency Number: (828) 264-4357
- Crisis Intervention: (828) 262-5035
- 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-268-1488
- Phone: (828) 262-3180 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
When should I be concerned about someone?
The following is a list of behaviors that are considered warning signs (or red flags) that indicate someone may have a problem.
- Alcohol and/or drug use
- Suicidal thoughts
- Paranoia, strangeness, aberrant behavior
- Inappropriate emotions and behaviors
- Victim/martyr self-concept
- Violence, cruelty, and/or anger problems
- Violent fantasy content in writings, drawings, reading/viewing preferences, and role-playing
- Homicidal thinking
- Fascination with weapons and accouterments
- Imitation of murderers; interest in previous shootings
- Practicing and/or boasting about fighting or combat
Concerned about an employee, colleague or friend?
If you are concerned about someone else, try one of the following options.
- Encourage them to make an appointment with a counselor. Tell them that over 10% of ASU employees seek CFS services each year.
- Offer to come in with them to see a counselor.
- Make an appointment to come in alone to consult with a counselor about that person.
Tips for talking to someone who may have a problem
- Talk to them privately to help minimize embarrassment and defensiveness.
- Listen carefully and respond to both the facts of the situation and their emotions.
- Discuss your observations and perceptions of the situation directly and honestly.
- Express your concern in a non-judgmental way and respect the person's values.
- Help identify options for actions and explore possible consequences. It might help to say to them, "What you're currently doing to solve your problem isn't working."
- Be frank about the limits on your ability to help them.
- Explain that "normal" people get counseling in order to help them overcome any preconceived notions that they may have about counseling.
- Remind them that they do not always have to know what's wrong before asking for help.
- Tell them that they don't have to commit to counseling right away and that they can simply meet with a counselor for a consultation.