If you are are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else go to the Emergency Room of any hospital, call 911 or contact contact Public Safety at 478-445-4400.
- If you call Counseling Services about an emergency situation during office hours (M-F 8 AM-5 PM), tell us it is an emergency, and someone will see you immediately for a safety assessment
- If you experience an emergency outside of normal office hours, go to the Emergency Room of any hospital, call 911 or contact contact Public Safety at 478-445-4400.
Do not use email to communicate during an emergency.
If you are experiencing a crisis, you may also call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1 800 715-4225 (for assistance with mental health or substance abuse issues) or the National Suicide Hotline 24 hours per day 1 800 273-TALK (8255)
When to Call Counseling Services
- A student is depressed, extremely anxious or psychotic
- A student has difficulty controlling emotions and/or behavior, and has not responded positively to your attempts to problem solve
- A student’s weight and eating behavior is a concern
- A student’s substance use is a concern
- A student appears to be in an abusive relationship
- A student is experiencing grief or loss
- Whenever you are concerned about a student
The Georgia College CARE Team (Crisis Assessment, Response and Education) is a resource for anyone at Georgia College who is concerned that an individual on campus may pose a potential threat to him/herself or others. The individual may be a student, staff or faculty member, or a visitor. You may fill out a CARE Report form, or call 445-7475 (445-RISK) to report concerns. A person is available to answer the phone 24 hours per day.
The CARE Team is not the appropriate place to direct concerns about a present or imminent emergency - those concerns should go directly to GC Public Safety at 445-4400.
If you are in distress and think that you may harm yourself or someone else go to the Emergency Room of any hospital, call 911 or contact contact Public Safety at 478-445-4400.
During office hours, you may come to Counseling Services or call us at 478-445-5331. If you think that you may be in danger of harming yourself or someone else, tell us it is an emergency, and someone will see you immediately for a safety assessment.
Limits of Confidentiality: Under normal circumstances, information disclosed in counseling is strictly confidential. However in emergencies, it is sometimes necessary to disclose information for the protection of those involved. While we try to honor the student's wishes whenever we can, we will disclose information regardless of the student's preference if we believe that doing so is necessary to prevent harm.