Crisis Resources

What is a mental health crisis needing immediate, emergency attention?

  • Suicide threat or attempt. If the student has made an attempt, or you suspect has made an attempt (such as taking an overdose), call 911.
  • Thoughts of suicide. If the student is clearly thinking about suicide or there are clues they may be thinking about it.
  • Thoughts of doing serious physical harm to someone else.
  • Seriously diminished contact with reality.
  • Extreme emotional distress that has lasted for hours and is not improving.
  • Recent sexual assault. Read more on resources for sexual assault.

Emergencies During Business Hours

For emergency counseling assistance for yourself or someone else, please come to the Counseling Service (Larsen Hall, courtyard entrance) any time between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session, or call (563) 387-1375 to talk to the emergency counselor. Emergency time is available daily.

Emergencies After Business Hours, on Weekends, or During Breaks

For any of the crisis situations listed above, contact an RA, hall manager, or hall director/area coordinator.

Hall Directors/Area Coordinators

  • Ylvisaker: (563) 387-1305
  • Brandt: (563) 387-2145
  • Farwell, College Apartments, Baker Village: (563) 387-2184
  • Dieseth: (563) 387-1770 or (563) 387-1077
  • Miller: (563) 387-1907
  • Olson, Larsen: (563) 387-1759

Crisis Hotlines

Other Emergency Resources

  • Campus Security: (563) 387-2111
  • Decorah Police: (563) 382-3667 or call 911
  • Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health's 24 hour Crisis Line: (563) 382-3649 or (800) 400-8923
  • Great Rivers 24/7 crisis line in LaCrosse (toll-free in WI, MN, IA): (800) 362-8255
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255) or (800) 799-4TTY (4889) for hearing and speech impaired.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text "Listen" To 741-741
  • Iowa Gambling Hotline 1-800-Bets-Off
  • Or go directly to Winneshiek Medical Center Emergency Room: 901 Montgomery St., Decorah: (563) 382-2911