Crisis services for Wichita State University students
IF YOU ARE AFRAID YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AVOID HURTING YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE, GET HELP IMMEDIATELY.
- Call 911 or the University Police at 316-978-3450
- Go to the Via Christi-St. Joseph Emergency Room located at 3600 E. Harry, Wichita, Kansas
Students who are experiencing a psychological or emotional crisis often need immediate help and intervention. Some examples of serious crises include:
- suicidal or homicidal thoughts or impulses
- sexual or physical assault
- hearing voices or otherwise misperceiving reality
- overwhelming loss, such as a death in the family
Listed below are services available in crisis situations.
WSU Counseling and Prevention Services (316-978-4SWC) -- CAPS provides crisis intervention services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call or come to the Student Wellness Center and MAKE IT CLEAR THAT YOU ARE IN CRISIS. Every effort will be made to respond as soon as possible. If you are in ongoing treatment at the CAPS, you may ask to speak to your regular counselor or another counselor will assist you if your regular counselor is not available.
COMCARE of Sedgwick County Crisis Line (316-660-7500) -- This is a 24-hour crisis hotline available to all residents of Wichita and surrounding areas. Trained counselors staff the hotline and will help you manage a crisis situation.
Guidelines for dealing with potential suicide
IMMEDIATELY CONTACT 911 FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE if there is imminent danger of the person hurting him/herself (such as their having already taken an overdose or having a gun, knife or other dangerous object in their possession and making threats against him/herself or against others, etc.). The local police can do a safety check and can help bring the person to an emergency room for further evaluation and safety.
Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide
Don't try to minimize the situation by telling the person how well off he/she is compared to others
Don't minimize importance of the person's feelings
Don't argue with the person
Don't be judgmental or moralizing about the situation
Don't be sworn to secrecy
Don't deal with the suicidal person alone. Seek support by calling a national hotline at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), checking for your local resources at Suicide Hotlines or contacting the local COMCARE of Sedgwick County Crisis Line at 316-660-7500
Don't leave the person alone
Try to make certain that the person does not have access to any harmful objects or substances
If the person is not in immediate danger of hurting him or herself, help the person arrange to be seen by a counselor at the local mental health center or, if a WSU student in Wichita, KS, call Counseling and Prevention Services at 316-978-4SWC (4792) during normal business hours