Making the Initial Appointment
Initial Appointments are made on a same-day basis by calling the Counseling Center at (217) 333-3704 any time after 7:50 a.m. These appointments tend to fill up quickly. Students are encouraged to call early on the day that they would like to meet with a counselor.
Your first appointment will provide you with an opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about your immediate concerns. Your counselor will talk with you about some of the reasons you scheduled the appointment and will evaluate what services or resources will be most helpful for you. Some students find that talking with a counselor once is sufficient to resolve the immediate concern. If further services would be beneficial, these will be discussed and a recommendation will be made by the counselor. These additional services may include resources offered by the Counseling Center or referral to another campus or community resource.
The Counseling Center also provides emergency consultations to students with urgent mental health concerns between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call (217) 333-3704 if you have an immediate need to meet with a counselor. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, please contact the Crisis Line at (217) 359-4141 to speak with a counselor.