in crisis?

emergency - call 911

If you're in crisis and need assistance during business hours, visit an Educational Counselor at the campus near you.

Educational Counseling Services

Emmetsburg Campus
Room 240 

Jody Condon
Associate Professor, Educational Counselor
jcondon@iowalakes.educreate new email

Estherville Campus
Room 9

Kevin Range
Educational Counselor
krange@iowalakes.educreate new email

Spencer Campus
Room 106 

Jacqueline Carstens
Educational Counselor
jcarstens@iowalakes.educreate new email


Facts about Suicide

It is important to take all suicidal comments seriously and to make appropriate referrals.

  • Talking about suicide will not plant the idea in a person's mind.
  • Feeling isolated increases the likelihood of suicide.
  • The more developed the suicide plan, the greater likelihood for suicide.
Helpful Responses
  • Reach out and encourage the student to talk about his/her feelings
  • Tell the student about your concern for his/her well-being
  • Talk about suicide if that is on the student's mind
  • Call 911 if there is imminent danger of harm. Otherwise, be sure that the person is not left alone and he/she talks to a professional.
  • Frequent contact, even for a few minutes, begins to relieve feelings of isolation (encourage the student to be in contact with family, friends, counselor).