After-hours crisis services and weekend response (for issues that cannot wait until the next business day): If you are unable to reach a clinician and are in current need of help, telephone crisis consultation is available after business hours on weekdays, weekends and holidays by calling the Suicide Prevention and Survivor Hotline at (877) 727-4747.
Description of Crisis
- You are currently having thoughts of hurting or killing yourself
- You are currently having thoughts of hurting or killing someone else
- You recently made an attempt to injure or kill yourself or someone else
- You feel unable to take care of yourself or are experiencing hallucinations
- You do not feel safe
- You have an urgent concern that you feel cannot wait until the following day
- You are worried about a fellow student, family member, friend, or someone else important in your life and would like to consult with a counseling professional
Who to Contact
We understand that urgent and overwhelming matters do not only occur between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Telephone crisis consultation is available after business hours on weekdays, weekends and holidays by calling the Suicide Prevention and Survivor Hotline at (877) 727-4747.
Please note that if you are having a life-threatening medical or psychiatric emergency at any time while on campus, please call for immediate assistance:
- Campus Security at (323) 563-4918 or after hours number: (323) 326-4859 (on campus)
- 9-1-1 (off campus)
Depression And Suicide
If you are suicidal
If you have taken steps to end your life, please call campus security at (323) 563-4918 or after hours number: (323) 326-4859 so they can arrange for medical help. We ask you to do this so that we have a chance to help you with whatever leaves you feeling so overwhelmed that life is not worth living. We believe you can be helped. We would like a chance to help you.
If you are considering taking your life, please let us or someone try to help. We know that when people are suicidal they feel like nothing will help -- but we'd like to try, and it could make the difference for you. During business hours (M-F, 9-5) please call Counseling Services at (323) 563-4925 and one of our counseling staff will talk with you. Telephone crisis consultation is available after business hours on weekdays, weekends and holidays by calling the Suicide Prevention and Survivor Hotline at (877) 727-4747.
If you know someone who is suicidal
If someone has attempted to take their life, they are in need of medical assistance. If you are on campus, call Campus Security at (323) 563-4918 or after hours number: (323) 326-4859, or if off-campus, call 911 for emergency medical assistance.
If you are concerned that someone is in imminent danger of taking their life, call Campus Security at or call 911 if you are off campus.
If you are concerned about a CDU student who is not in any immediate danger of harming him or herself, please call the Counseling Center at (323) 563-4925 for a confidential consultation on how best to help. You may also contact the Suicide Prevention Center, a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline at (877) 727-4747.
If you are depressed
If you believe you may be depressed, you should know that depression can be effectively treated. People who are depressed often believe they cannot be helped; some of that belief comes from the illness itself - depression causes a sense of hopelessness. Sometimes the belief that you cannot be helped comes from previous experiences of someone trying to help you. Friends, family members, or professionals may have tried to be of help in the past without success. It is important to know that treatment for depression should be and can be tailored to the individual. The first step could be to come to Counseling Services and talk with someone here about your depression and your previous attempts to deal with it. We will help you to come up with a plan.
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death in U.S. college students, and suicide in the young has tripled in recent years. Though these numbers are staggering, suicide can be prevented and depression can be treated.
- CDU Student Health and Wellness Counseling Services: (323) 563-4925
- CDU Campus Security: (323) 563-4918 or after hours number: (323) 326-4859
- Suicide Prevention Center: (877) 727-4747
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: – www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org