Emergencies and Crises

A PSC clinician is available 24-hours a day for crisis intervention. During the work week, call 473.439.2277 or come to our offices. During nights, weekends and holidays, PSC clinicians can be accessed for psychological emergencies and crises by phoning the University Health Services Clinic at 473.407.2791 or going to the Clinic in the building listed as 38 (Carriacou Hall) on the campus map.

To arrange an appointment during the regular work week, please visit the contact page of this website.

How do I know it's an emergency?

PSC Crisis Services are designed to assist persons confronting life-threatening circumstances, current or recent traumatic crises, and serious mental illness. Examples:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Recent assault or abuse
  • Concern about your safety
  • Recent death of a loved one
  • Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event
  • Knowledge of another person being abused or assaulted
  • Hallucinations
  • Need to be psychiatrically hospitalized
  • Thoughts about harming another person

A 2012 survey of 90,666 students at various institutions in the United States conducted by the American College Health Association found that at some point in the previous year:

  • 45.3 percent felt things were hopeless.
  • 86.1 percent reported feeling overwhelmed by all they had to do.
  • 31.3 percent felt so depressed it was difficult to function.
  • 7.1 percent reported having seriously considered suicide.
  • 5.5 percent intentionally cut, burned, bruised or otherwise injured self.
  • 1.2 percent actually attempted suicide at least once.

These numbers are alarming. If you are a SGU student or employee and thinking of suicide, or have some other psychological emergency (e.g., victim of sexual assault or other violence),  contact us immediately.  A PSC clinician is available 24-hours a day for crisis intervention.