Guidelines for Psychiatric Emergencies
Moreno Valley College
Contact Phone Numbers
Health Services: (951) 571-6103
Campus Police: (951) 222-8171 or 911
- Suicidality (as evidenced by written or verbal communication)
- Direct statements indicating perceived futility of life.
- Written "suicide" or extremely depressive poetry, etc.
- Crying and/or expressions of anguish with or without report of precipitating event (death, loss, and trauma).
- Statements or actions in which student gives away personal possessions with/without comments indicating imminent death.
- Report by student that another student has confessed suicidal intent or ideation.
- Psychological Decompensation (with or without psychosis)
- Disorientation, confusion, inappropriate behavior or statements.
- Inappropriate or labile mood indications such as laughter, hostility, crying suspicion, or mania without a precipitating stimulus.
- Mumbling, incoherent speech or nonsensical babbling.
- Lack of awareness of surroundings.
- Violence toward individuals, property or objects.
- Substance Overdose (Student may or may not exhibit the following)
- Slurred speech
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- Twitching or extreme nervousness
- Slow breathing or pulse
- Substance Intoxication (Student may or may not manifest the following)
- Slurred speech
- Ebullient or expansive mood
- Belligerence or destructive hostility
- Disorientation or drowsiness
- Odor of alcohol on breath
- Glassy eyes, slow responses to questions
- Nervousness, irritability
- Irrational speech or behavior
Course of Action: Course of Action: If the student is willing to go talk with one of the counselors at Health Services, call Health Services to escort the student. If the student is unwilling to see a counselor, then please call Campus Police. Note: All students expressing suicidal thoughts must have psychiatric/medical intervention both for their safety and to avoid legal liability of faculty and staff.
Course of Action: Call Campus Police to make the appropriate counseling/hospitalization determinations. If the student prefers to see a counselor at Health Services, call Health Services to escort the student.
Course of Action: Call 911 Campus Police immediately and notify Health Services. If a student is threatening or uncooperative, call Campus Police for assistance. Note: A student who has ingested or inhaled a lethal substance may be awake and talking coherently; however, they may become a medical emergency very quickly. Do not leave them alone at any time. They require swift medical intervention.
Course of Action: Call Campus Police for assistance.
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