Mental Health Crisis Response

Washington University is committed to responding as quickly as possible to any mental health emergency on campus. A mental health emergency is an emotional or behavioral crisis that warrants same-day or immediate attention by a mental health professional. This may include, but is not limited to, significant changes in behavior that are not characteristic of a person, the presence of disruptive symptoms that interfere with the responsibilities of dialing living, direct or indirect expressions or the intent to harm self or others, or the experience of a trauma or assault.

During our business hours, if you or a Washington University School of Medicine student you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, please either come directly to Student Health or call us at (314) 362-3523 and identify the situation as an emergency. If the emergency occurs outside of business hours, call 911 (if off campus). and/or Protective Services  (314) 362-HELP (4957).

 Other important Emergency Resources:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Behavioral Health Response – Phones are answered 24/7 by professional mental health counselors. Call 314-469-6644 in the St. Louis metro area or 1-800-811-4760 from elsewhere.

Life Crises Services at Provident, Inc. – Phones are answered 24/7 by trained volunteers. 314-647-4357.

Kristin Brooks Hope Center – Call from anywhere in the country and get connected to the suicide prevention hotline closest to you.  1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

Support For Students of Concern – WashU Cares

What Can I do – Helping Students in Distress. Information on how ot help a student or friend in distress.