If you or someone you know is in crisis and suicide is imminent, call 911.

If you’re worried about yourself, a friend, or family member here are a few key resources:

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Call or Text 988

Rosecrance Crisis Line

217-359-4141 | TTY: 217-352-4217

Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services (RACES)


Domestic Violence Hotline


The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth)


Faculty/Staff Assistance Services Crisis Line for University Employees



During business hours from Mondays-Fridays between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., you can also contact the Suicide Prevention team at the Counseling Center.   


Over the weekends and holidays, you can contact the Emergency Dean.  The Emergency Dean supports those who are experiencing health or safety emergency situations in which an immediate university response is needed and which cannot wait until the next business day.  The emergency dean, however, is not a substitute for trained emergency personnel such as 911, police, or fire professionals. 


Recognizing signs of distress: 

Remember the acronym, "Is Path Warm?" 

Isolation, Substance abuse 

Purposelessness, Anxiety, Trapped, Hopelessness 

Withdrawal, Anger, Recklessness, Mood changes 


How to talk to someone in distress: 

It can be hard to know what to say to someone you’re concerned about.  Some people have the misperception that talking about suicide will give the person in distress ideas about harming themselves. This is not true.  When talking to a friend or loved one, here are some basic do’s and don’ts: 



  • Listen without judgement 

  • Ask how you can help 

  • Let them know you care 

  • Validate their feelings 

  • Tell them they are not a burden 

  • Keep in touch even if you don't get a response 



  • Interrupt 

  • Tell them how they should feel 

  • Be critical of them 

  • Tell them what they need to do to "fix" it 

  • Be scared to speak about feelings 

Helpful Resources

Core Campus Resources

24 Hour Resources

After Hours Support

  • Emergency Dean After Hours Support for Health and Safety Emergencies for Students