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Mental health crisis intervention

You are not alone. Crisis Intervention Team officers are available and wanting to assist if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts.



As police officers are increasingly becoming the first response for people who are in a mental health crisis, departments across the country are recognizing that crisis intervention training for their officers should be a priority. More than half of the officers at the University of Illinois Police Department are specially trained in the most effective methods to help people who are dealing with some sort of mental illness, who are suicidal or who are experiencing any other similar type of crisis.

Officers are trained in how to recognize a crisis, how to speak to the person experiencing a crisis to de-escalate the situation and how to come up with a plan to help. The plan may include something very informal – like identifying and addressing a certain activity or situation that may have been contributing to a rush of anxiety – to something more formal, like setting up an appointment with the Counseling Center or bringing that person to the hospital for emergency treatment.

If you or someone you know is in imminent danger of suicide, call 911 immediately. Similarly, if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 911 and an officer will be dispatched to help you through it and offer additional resources.

For additional resources, please visit:

The Counseling Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255