Supporting yourself, a friend, or another community member in crisis can be challenging. There are several resources on campus to help. Sometimes a crisis situation is obvious; at other times, it takes a careful eye to identify. If you notice any of the following behaviors, use the UCSB Distressed Students Response Protocol to connect with critical campus and community resources.
- Behavioral or emotional change
- Change in hygiene or appearance
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Decline in academic performance
- Excessive or inappropriate anger
- Bizarre thoughts or behavior
Responses to Individual Behavior
A friend, roommate, or other community member might respond with:
- Feeling alarmed or frightened
- Feeling uncomfortable about student's comments or behavior
- Concern about student's ability to function
If you feel unsafe and/or a situation requires immediate attention, call the Police first.
UCSB Campus: 805-893-3446 Isla Vista: 805-681-4179
Referring Students in Distress
- If there is danger to self or others OR the student needs immediate attention.
- If there is NOT danger to self or others OR you're not sure but you're concerned.
- Call Student Mental Health Coordination Services at 805-893-3030 or submit an online referral to their office. Or call Campus Social Work Services (Student Health Service) at 805-893-3087. (Note: These offices are open only during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, except holidays.)
- On weekends, evenings, and holidays, contact UCSB After-Hours Phone Counseling at 805-893-4411.
- If you feel confident that there is NOT danger to self or others, but the student is having academic or personal issues, refer them to relevant campus support services.