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Crisis and Urgent Counseling

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing a mental health emergency

  • During business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), phone our office at 303-871-2205, and speak directly with a counselor or arrange to come in for a crisis session.
  • When the office is closed, call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 and ask to speak to the Counselor on Call. A counselor on call is available free of charge 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
  • Call 911.

Daytime/Walk-In Crisis Services

  • Walk-in crisis services are available to University students.
  • If you are not in immediate crisis, you may stop in, call 303-871-2205, or schedule online using MyHealth an initial consultation appointment.
  • If you are in crisis and need to be seen the same day, we have a reserved crisis hour from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • If you need to, you can walk in anytime during our office hours (8:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday) and be seen by an on-call crisis counselor.
  • If possible, please call ahead, 303-871-2205, and let us know you are coming.

After-Hours Telephone Urgent Crisis Services

  • After-hours, urgent crisis services are available after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.
  • Call DU Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 and provide them your full name and telephone number.
  • A member of our counseling staff will contact you to assess your needs.
  • This service is for URGENT CRISES ONLY, such as:
    • You are unable to stop crying
    • You have thoughts of hurting yourself
    • You have thoughts of hurting other people
    • You have not eaten or slept in a few days (not due to illness)
    • You are unable to go to classes (not due to illness)
    • You are a recent victim of sexual assault
    • You have significant concerns about the welfare of another DU student

Please note that HCC crisis services are not available when the university is closed during the Christmas break. If you are experiencing a crisis at that time, please call Denver Metro Crisis Services at 888-885-1222.

Rape & Sexual Assault

The HCC provides counseling for victims of rape and sexual assault.

Students can also receive support and education from the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE).