Student Crisis Action Plan

  • Assess for risk of suicide or self-harm
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies


Suicide Assessment

  • Ask directly if the student has thoughts of killing or hurting themselves
  • Ask if they have a plan
  • Ask if they have a method to do it
  • If they answer yes to any of these questions, don't let them leave your sight and call the appropriate crisis help numbers


Crisis Warning Signs

  • Expressed hopelessness
  • Easily agitated, extremely disruptive, or inappropriate
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Giving away belongings
  • Withdrawing form friends, family, and society
  • Stating they have no reason to live or that no one would miss them if they were gone
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky behaviors


Mental Distress Warning Signs

  • Dramatic change in behavior
  • Unkempt clothes or poor hygiene
  • Decreased productivity
  • Many absences
  • Tired all the time
  • Increased accidents or always hurting themselves
  • Complaints of unexpected aches and pains
  • Lack of cooperation
  • Unrealistic fears or need of constant approval and reassurance


If a student is a danger to themselves of others call:

Campus Police ext. 3911 (SLO) or ext. 4911 (NCC)

Health Center ext. 3171 (SLO)

SLO County Mobile Crisis: (805) 781-4700

SLO Hotline: (805) 549-4499

If you suspect a student may be suffering from mental/emotional distress refer them to the Student Health Center on campus:

(805) 546-3100 ext. 3171 (SLO)

(805) 591-6200 (NCC)



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