If You Are in Crisis

If you have experienced a crisis:

  • Keep busy. Focus on your projects and classroom assignments, sports, hobbies and reading. Research indicates that keeping focused on day-to-day required tasks or routines helps mitigate the effect of stress.
  • Seek out people who care for and support you. Share how your reactions, thoughts and experiences impacted you.
  • Know the reactions to trauma described are normal responses to a very abnormal experience. They occur in varying degrees of severity and type for each person.
  • If the traumatic incident is broadcast on TV, limit the amount of time that you watch details about the tragedy on TV.
  • “Baby yourself” - eat well, get your sleep and do nurturing things.
  • Express your feelings through art! Drawings, poetry, etc. are all healthy ways to manage the feelings related to trauma.
  • Consider writing a journal of your experience or feelings.
  • Seek to gain perspective on the experience. This is often helped by participation in counseling. Other aids may include reading, spiritual reflection or involvement in support groups.
  • Take breaks.
  • Use relaxation methods (breathing exercises, mediation, calming self-talk, soothing music,etc).
  • Exercise in moderation.

We are here for you to process any recent tragedy. If you need to talk to someone, please give us a call. We will set up an appointment or come to your class.

You may experience some of the symptoms below. This is normal!

  • Shock: Often the initial reaction to crises like this, shock is emotional protection from being too overwhelmed by an event. You may feel stunned, numb, or in disbelief concerning an event.
  • Suffering: This is the long period of grief during which the person gradually comes to terms with the reality of the event/loss. Feelings that life is overwhelming, chaotic, and disorganized are common.
  • Sadness: The most common feeling found following traumatic events. It may be quite intense and be experienced as emptiness or despair.
  • Anger: Can be one of the most confusing feelings for the grieving person. Anger is a response to feeling powerless, frustrated, or even abandoned.
  • Anxiety: Can range from mild insecurity to strong panic attacks. Grievers often become anxious about their inability to take care of themselves, or fear an event like this will happen to them or a loved one.

It's good to talk about it! We are here for you. Give us a call at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, (828) 262-3180.

Adapted and used with the kind permission of The Center for Student Counseling and Disability Services, Tamara Grosz, Ph.D., APRN, BC, Director, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia 31402

Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

During operating hours, students in crisis can walk in any time.

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Contact Us


Physical Address: 
1st Floor, Miles Annas Building
614 Howard Street 
Boone, NC 28608-2044

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32044
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3180
Fax: 828-262-3182

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m

Initial Consultation Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.

 - Please Note -
During Summer Sessions, Initial Consultation Hours at times may vary. Please contact us at (828) 262-3180 for our current schedule and to verify availability.

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