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Crisis and Emergency

If you, or someone you know, is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. If you are on Athens Campus, call OUPD 3-1911 (740-593-1911).

If you are experiencing acute distress or have an urgent need to speak with a counselor: 

  • Please call CPS 740-593-1616. During afterhours and on weekends/holidays, press 1 to speak with a counselor.  

  • Drop-In: During weekdays, please drop-in at Hudson Health Center 3rd floor between 9:45am and 3:15pm.  

  • Let's Talk Hours: During the Fall and Spring Semesters, please drop-in at the Living Learning Center, Room 160 between the hours of 5pm and 10pm, Sunday to Friday.  

You may also consider using the hotlines and textline information at the bottom of this page.

Resources For Faculty and Staff When Concerned About a Student in Crisis

If you are with a student and the student is in crisis and needs to speak with a counselor (if the student is in imminent danger to themselves or someone else, call 911 or OUPD): 

  • You may accompany the student to Hudson Health Center, 3rd floor to assist them in doing a drop-in appointment.  

  • The student is not in imminent crisis or urgent need to speak with a counselor, encourage the student to seek services at CPS.  

  • You may call CPS (740-593-1616) to consult about a student 

  • If you are meeting with a student virtually, please follow the instructions below to connect the student with CPS.  

When Remote

When a faculty or staff is meeting with a student virtually, a student may show signs of distress. If you are meeting with a student virtually, please follow the instructions below to connect the student with CPS:

Imminent Danger

If the student reports or shows signs of imminent danger to self or others get their location and call 911 or the Ohio University Police Department at (740) 593-1911 (for students on the Athens campus). 

Acute Distress

If a student is not in imminent danger, but reports and or appears to be in acute distress (e.g., severely depressed or anxious), recommend the student to seek counseling services and help them to get connected with CPS: 

  • Advise student of your intent to facilitate a connection with our office while remaining engaged with the student via screen.  

  • Instruct the student to contact us via phone (740-593-1616) while still engaged remotely.  

  • Once the student makes contact with our office via phone, you may end the remote connection with the student.  

  • If you have information regarding the student or the situation that could be valuable to the clinician, you are encouraged to contact our office by phone.  

If you are uncertain about referring a student, place them on hold and call CPS office for recommendations. 

Mild Distress

In the event, the student is presenting mild distress and may benefit from talking to a counselor, provide information about our office, including the main phone line (740) 593-1616 and the department website ( 

Examples of a Crisis or Emergency

  • Suicidal thoughts and concern for physical safety 
  • Experience of a physical or sexual assault 
  • Hearing voices or experiencing hallucinations
  • Recent experience of threat to life or safety 
  • Death of a loved one 

Hotline Information

Crisis Text Line

Text “HOME” to 741-741 
Free, 24/7, Confidential

Crisis Text Line serves anyone in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7 emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:

  • Someone texts into Crisis Text Line anywhere, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  • A live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly.
  • The specialist helps the person stay safe and healthy with effective, secure counseling and referrals through text message using Crisis Text Line’s platform.