If This is an Immediate Life-Threatening Emergency Call 911

As a rule of thumb, it is best to refer students to the University Counseling Center if your concern is beyond your level of training and experience. In some situations, you will have to make a judgment call; in others a referral is imperative.

Imperative Referral

A student should always be referred to the Counseling Center if they are...

  • Suicidal
  • Severely depressed
  • Abusing substances (drugs, alcohol)
  • Practicing self-injury behaviors (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • Experiencing physical or emotional trauma
  • Has been sexually assaulted
  • Experiencing an eating disorder
  • Having a panic attack
  • Suddenly or dramatically changing their behavior
    (includes appetite, sleep, and mood)
  • Unable to care for themselves
  • Severely distorted thoughts
    (i.e., hearing or seeing things that aren't there; severe paranoid thinking, etc.)

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Suggested Referral

In these and other instances, referral to the Counseling Center (616) 331-3266 may be advised. Consult with us if you are not sure!

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Career & academic concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Personal growth issues

If you are in doubt, feel free to contact the University Counseling Center at (616) 331-3266 for a consultation or call 911 in an emergency.