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In cases where an individual’s behavior poses an imminent danger to yourself or others, contact the University Police immediately at (412) 397-2424.
Warning Signs of a Mental Health Crisis
- References to suicide or self-injury*
- Abrupt changes in mood, behavior, and/or appearance
- Missing class frequently or repeatedly asking for special considerations on assignments
- Dramatic shift in academic performance
- Frequent conflicts with peers and/or faculty and staff
- Lack of energy, falling asleep in class, and/or commenting about not sleeping at night
- Coming to class under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Frequent illness such as a headache or stomach ache
- A change in personal relationships such as a loss in the family or the ending of a significant relationship
- Uncharacteristic change in social interactions such as becoming more socially withdrawn
- Stated need for help--directly or indirectly--about family problems, sexual or physical assault, etc.**
*According to the Suicide Prevention Policy, any RMU employee who becomes aware of a suicide threat or gesture, whether written, verbal, or behavioral, must contact the Counseling Center immediately. Please call (412) 397-5900 or walk the student to Patrick Henry, Lower Level (former Career Center), during business hours (M-F, 9 AM-5 PM). After hours, please call the confidential emergency line at (412) 397-5925. Please note that this phone number is for faculty and staff only and is not to be given out to or used by students. **If a student tells you that they have been sexually harassed or assaulted, you are required to make a report to the Title IX office, unless you are a Confidential Resource. Confidential Resources on campus include: athletic trainers (quasi-confidential), campus ministry, Counseling Center staff, and student health services (nurses/nurse practitioners). For more information about Required Reporters, Confidential Resources, and Title IX, please visit: http://odie.rmu.edu/title-ix
. It is recommended that you encourage any student who has been assaulted to talk to Counseling Center staff. We will link the student with appropriate on and off campus supports.
For more information, please call the Counseling Center at (412) 397-5900 for a consultation.