Emergency & Crisis


Always call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

Crisis & Consultation

The Counseling Center offers consultation to anyone who is concerned about an MU student.

If you find that your usual ways of coping are not working or that you are unable to cope alone, the Counseling Center offers crisis support.

Call 573-882-6601 at any time or come to our office at 119 Parker Hall during normal business hours for crisis support for any reason, including:

  • Actively planning to kill yourself
  • Inability to engage socially or complete school work
  • Intense or unremitting anxiety
  • Recent trauma or loss


The University of Missouri Police Department, Columbia Police Department, and Boone County Sheriff’s Department have officers who are specially trained to respond to situations involving individuals who are experiencing a mental or emotional crisis.

If you become concerned about an individual and are unable to make direct contact with them, or they are in immediate risk of harm to themselves or others, CIT officers are available to assist.

You can contact MUPD at 573-882-7801 on-campus, or Joint Communications at 311 for off-campus to request a CIT officer for assistance. Officers will make contact with the individual and conduct a brief assessment regarding their safety and provide any necessary resources.

Emergency Department, Emergency Room (ER)

Emergency departments see anyone of any age for emergencies. Emergency departments are always open. They may have longer wait times and cost more than other care options, but this is where to go in emergencies.

Physical health emergencies

Signs or symptoms of a physical health emergency may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Drug overdose
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Serious broken bones (arm, leg)
  • Severe pain
  • Stiff neck associated with fever of 100 degrees or more
  • Persistent severe symptoms
  • Sudden inability to see, move, speak

For medical advice, call 573-882-7481 to talk with a nurse.

Mental health emergencies

Signs of a mental health emergency may include:

  • You are seriously thinking about suicide and unable to keep yourself safe
  • You have taken an action to end your life
  • You are seeing or hearing things that others do not and it is impacting your ability to function
  • You are having a negative reaction to drugs or alcohol
  • Your friend is unresponsive or unable to answer basic questions