If you believe that a student is likely to hurt him- or herself or others in the near future, or is actively suicidal or homicidal, get help right away!If you are on- or near-campus, do not leave the student alone and, if possible, have someone call 911. (if on Campus, dial 9 (to dial out) and then 91).If a suicide attempt is in progress, call 911*. You can also take the student directly to the Emergency Room of the nearest hospital.**

Get Help For:


If you are a student enrolled at CSUMB, you can contact us by telephone call to request services or to ask any questions: (831) 582-3969. The Counseling Center is open Mondays - Fridays, 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM.

Although there are no assurances to benefits, counseling can often lead to better interpersonal relationships, improved academic performance, solutions to specific problems, and reductions in your feelings of distress.

While individual counseling is provided at the PGCC, it is recommended that you consider attending group counseling as well to maximize your personal growth.


If you have a friend at CSUMB that you are worried about, you can:

  • Talk to your friend in a non-judgmental way and express your concern(s).
  • Walk with your friend to the Counseling Center if your friend feels they need support.
  • Call or come to the PGCC to talk to someone about how you can help your friend


If you believe that your student might need our services, and you feel that you can talk to your student about your concerns, here are some tips to encourage him or her to think about his or her mental health:

  • Going to counseling means that a person is brave enough to know that they need a helping hand.
  • Going to counseling does not imply that a person is "crazy", "broken", or "weak", but that a person is well-grounded, desires to grow out of his or her problem, and that he or she is strong.
  • Going to counseling allows for a person to be heard in a confidential setting and to work towards achieving goals to improve a person's life situation
  • Going to counseling means that you will be heard by a professional counselor, without judgement, to talk about your problems.
  • Counseling can be short-term and brief.

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center is committed to the development of the whole person: academically, personally, socially, spiritually, and physically.


The PGCC supports CSUMB Staff and Faculty who may have a student in distress.

  • For Faculty & Staff (link)

Information About Crises

While most of the services at the Personal Growth and Counseling Center are scheduled on an appointment basis, there are crisis situations that require immediate intervention. Examples of a crisis include:

  • a student having suicidal thoughts;
  • a student experiencing severe feelings of panic or being overwhelmed;
  • a student dealing with the news of the death or illness of a loved one;
  • a student who has experienced sexual or physical assault.
  • In the event that a student is experiencing a crisis, do not hesitate to act!

In the event that a student is experiencing a crisis, do not hesitate to act!

Responding to a Crisis

If a non-life threatening crisis arises on campus during business hours, please call the Personal Growth and Counseling Center at (831) 582-3969. Regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The caller should tell the office manager that there is a need for crisis counseling.

For emergencies after-hours or on the weekends, please call 9-1-1

For after-hours crises that are not life-threatening, please call one of the following 24-hour crisis lines

  • Suicide Prevention: 1-877-ONE-LIFE (1-877-663-5433)
  • YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Line: (831) 372-6300
  • Monterey County Rape Crisis Center: (831) 375-HELP (4357)
  • Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula: (831) 625-4623
  • Natividad Medical Center: (831) 755-4111

Crisis Support for CSUMB Staff and Faculty

For CSUMB staff and faculty, the Personal Growth and Counseling Center offers support to assist with debriefing and processing feelings that arise after assisting with students in handling their crisis. Please click for more information on how to help your distressed student..