Crisis Information

Emergencies: 911

CAPS (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm):
(814) 863-0395

Penn State Crisis Line (24/7):
(877) 229-6400

Crisis Text Line (24/7):
txt "LIONS" to 741741

CAPS Locations

- Student Health Center (SHC)
- Bank of America (BoA)
- Allenway Building (Downtown)
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How to help a friend who seems out of control

show you care, communicate, ask, reach, engage, you could save a life

How to help a friend who seems out of control...

Violent, potentially dangerous behavior, and problems distinguishing reality are genuine and complex problems for some students on all college campuses including Penn State. These concerns can cause damage to the individual and community at large – you are right to want to show you care by helping to get to resources as quickly as possible.

Warning Signs of Potentially Violent Behavior:

Ways to Show You Care about Potentially Violent Behavior:

Communicate Care & Concern:

Ask, Assess, & Affirm:

Reach for Resources & Refer:

Engage, Explain, & Eliminate Danger:

It’s important to act appropriately to meet the level of danger present. If you feel that your friend is psychotic or completely out of control and has lost their ability to protect themselves from self harm or control their impulses, don’t leave them alone.

Call and arrange immediate access to a helping professional at CAPS (814-863-0395), CAN HELP (1-800-643-5432), University Police (814-863-1111)or take the student to the Emergency Department of Mt. Nittany Medical Center.

(Remember to keep yourself safe in the process of helping others. Don’t intervene directly and become another victim but take action to secure help for the victims in a situation by calling 911.)

By Taking Action to Show You Care, You Could Save a Life.

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