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).
Athens Campus Students
If you are experiencing acute distress or have an urgent need to speak with a counselor:
Please call CPS at 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 9:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Let's Talk Hours: During the Fall and Spring Semesters, please drop-in at the Living Learning Center, Room 160 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sunday to Friday.
You may also consider using the hotlines and textline information at the bottom of this page.
Regional and OHIO Online Students
If you are experiencing acute distress or have an urgent need to speak with a mental health professional:
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
If you, or someone you know, is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
- Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988
- Military Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988, (Press 1)
- Suicide Crisis Lifeline in Spanish: Dial 988, (Press 2)
- LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline: 1.866.488.7386
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233
- Support for survivors of sexual assault at Ohio University: 740.597.SAFE (7233)
- Seek help from a local hospital or a local suicide hotline
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.
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 at 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 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.
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).
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 that the student seek counseling services and help them connect with CPS:
Advise the student of your intent to facilitate a connection with CPS 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.
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.