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Skidmore College
Emergency Preparedness

Psychological Crisis

A psychological crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to himself/herself or to harm others, or is out of touch with reality due to severe drug reactions or psychological problems. Psychological problems may be manifested by hallucinations or uncontrollable behavior, or the person could be a walk-away from a nursing home or hospital.

If a psychological crisis occurs:

  • Never try to handle on your own a situation you feel is dangerous.
  • Notify the Department of Campus Safety of the situation at 518-580-5566. Clearly state that you need immediate assistance and give your name, your location and the area of campus involved.
  • Understand that it is important to deal with the actions of the person involved regardless of the underlying cause.
  • Staff from the Counseling Center are on call after hours and on weekends during academic terms (fall and spring term, summer sessions I and II).
  • Staff from Saratoga County Mental Health provide emergency and mental health crisis services and can be reached at 518-580-9030.

Police are able to remove someone to the emergency room against their will when they have probable cause that the person is a danger to himself/herself or others.

See the following section on Suicide Prevention.