During Working Hours:
- In the event of an emergency requiring medical assistance, call University Police 716-673-3333.
- Contact the Counseling Center directly 716-673-3424
- When students contact the Counseling Center in crisis, they should make the secretary aware that they require immediate and/or same-day assistance
- Students can contact the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline (1-800-724-0461) for after hours mental health emergencies that require a response by mental health professionals.
- Students living on campus may notify their Resident Advisor (RA) or Resident Director (RD) of the crisis, who may then decide to engage emergency services. (Contact Residence Life)
- In the event of an emergency that requires assistance from the police, students should call University Police at 716-673-3333.
Other supportive resources:
- Crisis Text Line for students, faculty, and staff who are dealing with emotional challenges. Access the confidential text line 24/7 by texting Got5U to 741-741 for help. The text line can be used to help alleviate depression, anxiety, stress, and suicidal thoughts. It also provides a way for people to talk about substance use, relationship issues, domestic violence, and school stressors, as well stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat Option
- Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support in the US https://www.crisistextline.org/
- Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (1-800-252-8748)
- Non-Crisis Peer Support daily 5pm-11pm Warm Line Call: 1-877-426-4373 Text: 716-392-0252
- OMH Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314)- provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency: https:/
In most circumstances, the difficulties that students face can be addressed through the usual process of setting up an appointment with a counselor and discussing the issues concerning the student. However, there are circumstances when crisis situations in which immediate or same-day intervention by a counselor is called for. Emergency psychological services are provided to the campus community by the Counseling Center staff for such crises.
Examples of crisis situations:
- having an immediate concern about safety, a current suicide plan, or having had recently attempted suicide
- having a strong desire to harm someone else
- currently being seriously hurt or abused or feel in danger of being seriously hurt or abused
- being recently physically or sexually assaulted
- having strange experiences such as hearing voices that others do not hear
- eating, sleeping, and study habits have changed significantly for more than three days.
- strongly considering dropping out of school
Counseling Center client information is confidential within ethical and legal guidelines. Information can only be released with the written consent of the student, except in situations where a student poses a threat of serious harm to self or to others, or in the case of abuse/neglect of a minor, or in the case of a court-ordered release of information.