Personal Growth and Counseling Center

Crisis Information

If you or someone you know is likely to hurt themselves or others, is actively suicidal or homicidal, call 911.

  • Do not leave the person alone.
  • You can also take the person directly to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

Get help 

Call the Personal Growth and Counseling Center 831-582-3969 if you or someone you know needs help dealing with:

  • suicidal thoughts;
  • severe feelings of panic or overwhelm;
  • news of the death or illness of a loved one;
  • sexual or physical assault.

Regular business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The caller should tell the office manager that there is a need for crisis counseling.

Help after-hours

  • University Police Deapratment: 831-655-0268
  • Suicide Prevention: 1-877-ONE-LIFE (1-877-663-5433)
  • YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 831-372-6300
  • Monterey County Rape Crisis Center:831-375-4357
  • Natividad Medical Center: 831-755-4111
  • Personal Growth and Counseling Center after-hours help line: 831-582-3969 

If you, or someone you know needs help

  • Crisis counseling is available at the PGCC Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
  • If you, or the person you are concerned about isn't in crisis but wants to start counseling, they should call the counseling center during business hours.
  • If worried about a friend or loved one, express your concern, listen non-judgmentally, and encourage them to seek help.
  • If your friend or loved one is reluctant to get help, call the PGCC to talk to someone about how you can help.

Challenge counseling myths

Some people are reluctant to seek help because of misinformation and negative assumptions about counseling. Here are some talking points to correct misinformation and encourage help-seeking:

  • Participating in counseling demonstrates bravery and insight. It's important to know when one needs a helping hand.
  • Participating in counseling does not imply that a person is "crazy," "broken" or "weak," but that a person is well-grounded, desires to address their problem, and that they have strength.
  • Participating in counseling allows for a person to be heard in a confidential setting and to work towards achieving goals to improve their life situation.
  • Participating in counseling means space and time to be heard by a professional counselor, without judgement, to talk about your problems.
  • Counseling can be short-term and brief.

Crisis support for CSUMB staff and faculty

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center offers support to assist with debriefing and processing feelings that arise after assisting students in handling their crisis. Learn how you can help a distressed student.

Staff and faculty seeking mental health services are encouraged to connect with their insurance provider or Employee Assistance Program (EAP).