Crisis Intervention & Emergencies

For immediate assistance during a crisis, please call RUPD x5111 (on-campus) or 911 if you are off-campus. If you are experiencing a psychological crisis and would like to speak with someone, please come to the Counseling Center (BLU 101) during office hours to speak with a clinician. After-hours, please call RUPD or visit your local Emergency Room.

If you are faculty, staff, or a student and have serious concerns about the mental health or safety of a student, please call the Counseling Center for a consultation. To report a concern, please use the Maxient system.

If you are a student who has experienced a trauma and are in crisis, The Counseling Center will receive walk-in visits from students who are experiencing emotional distress in response to traumatic events. Below, is a description of what one may experience following the exposure to traumatic events, and ways to attempt to cope.

Ways to Cope with Trauma

  1. What emotions or behavioral changes might people experience after witnessing or exposure to traumatic events?

Generally speaking, those impacted by trauma may feel more irritable than usual, experience more extreme mood shifts and feel anxious or nervous or depressed. They may experience intrusive images of the trauma, increased heartbeat, sweating, headaches or nausea. They may find it hard to concentrate or make decisions, feel easily confused and experience changes in sleeping and eating patterns.

  1. When should I seek professional help?

Many people are able to cope effectively with the emotional and physical demands brought about by a traumatic event using their own support systems. It is not unusual, however, to find that for some, serious problems may persist and continue to interfere with daily living. In other cases, your support system may be limited in its ability to help cope with the trauma. Individuals with prolonged reactions that interfere with their daily functioning and those with limited social support systems are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center to talk to a counselor who can assist them with finding constructive ways to cope with the emotional impact of their experience. Call us, we are here to help! 973-353-5805

  1. What can I do to help myself and my friends and family?

Allow yourself time to heal. Recognize that you have been exposed to a traumatic experience and this may be a difficult time for you. Be patient with changes in your emotional state or functioning. Establish routines that bring comfort and predictability to your life and plan pleasurable activities.

If the traumatic event has media coverage, take a break from television or other forms of media. Maintain a balance between your desire to remain informed and the awareness that repeated viewings of the aftermath of the disaster may continue to exacerbate the effects of the trauma by witnessing it over and over again.

Talk to friends and family members who are able to listen and empathize with how you are feeling. Eat well-balanced meals, get plenty of rest and exercise to give your body more fuel to cope with the additional stress. Avoid alcohol and drugs as means to cope with distressing feelings or sleep difficulties as these interfere with the healing process and may cause other complications. If possible, avoid making major life decisions or changes at this time because these activities are in themselves stressful and demand coping skills that may already be taxed at this time.

Find a productive way to help someone if you can. Helping in some way can provide a way to feel some level of "control" over a traumatic event, which may otherwise make one feel helpless or overwhelmed. Keep things in perspective. Although a trauma or disaster is often horrifying, you should also focus on those things that are good in your life and in the world.