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Crisis Sessions


Counseling Center

Furrow Hall

175 West Knox Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Crisis sessions are available for students needing immediate assistance. In a crisis appointment, the student will evaluate their situation with a counselor while building a plan of what to do next. See more information below on our services, potential crisis situations, and how to best cope with crisis.

Business Hours: Monday-Friday 9AM-4:30PM

For a crisis session during business hours, head on over to Counseling Services in Furrow Hall across from the soccer field. There is no need to call ahead; a counselor will see you as soon as possible. Your safety is our #1 concern. Do not hesitate to reach out if you feel like you are in a crisis. We look forward to seeing you. If you are not able to physically come to Counseling Services, contact 9-1-1 or Campus Safety at 309-341-7979.

After Business Hours

Call Campus Safety at 309.341.7979 and they can help you in reaching assistance. Call 9-1-1 if there is any immediate danger to self or others. To speak to a skilled, trained counselor at a 24 hour crisis center, call 1.800.273.8255.

What is a Crisis?

A mental health crisis is defined by an individual's experience, not by an external event. If you believe you are experiencing a crisis, we prefer to see you. Below is a list of experiences that may lead someone to seek crisis services.

  • Imminent suicidal thoughts and/or a plan
  • Imminent homicidal thoughts
  • Losing emotional control severely
  • Gross impairment in thinking ability
  • Exhibiting bizarre behavior
  • Experiencing a recent trauma
  • Experiencing auditory/visual hallucinations and/or delusions

How do I Cope with a Crisis?

Effective coping in crisis situations can help to lessen possible long-term impacts on your health. A crisis is also an opportunity to build positive skills, increase self-knowledge, and promote resiliency. Below are signs of positive coping strategies that can help guide you through a tough situation.

  • Actively explore resources and search for information
  • Openly express both positive and negative emotions
  • Practice tolerating feelings of frustration and take things slow
  • Actively seek help from others
  • Break problems into manageable pieces & work on one at a time
  • Be aware of emotional fatigue; pace coping efforts and maintain control
  • Be flexible and accepting to change, both internal and external
  • Trust in yourself and others; cultivate a basic optimism toward outcomes
  • Know that moderate anxiety is healthy and motivating, and learn to use it productively

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