Mental Health Emergencies
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN ACUTE MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.
The Mental Health Service offers emergency services Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5pm. During this time, the Mental Health Service (301-314-8106) is available to respond to acute concerns and provide urgent assessments. Students, staff, faculty or parents can call or walk in and request to speak with a therapist. This initial call or meeting may be brief, proceeded by a follow up appointment or other recommendations.
During the academic year, between 5 - 6pm Monday through Friday or between 9am - 12pm on Saturday, students can come to the Health Center's Urgent Care unit or call (301) 314-9144 for mental health emergencies.
Students in crisis who live in University residence halls should see their Resident Assistant or Resident Director for support and help in contacting mental health resources.
What is considered an emergency? Students having thoughts about harming themselves or someone else, or whom are struggling to function or take care of basic daily needs, should be seen by a mental health professional as soon as possible. Other situations might be considered an emergency based on the amount of support that the student has, coping skills or an immediate and intense stressor. If something feels urgent enough to you to warrant seeing a therapist the same day, please let our staff know this when you call or stop by.
Students, staff, faculty members or parents can bring someone to the Mental Health Service about whom they are concerned. You may also call or come in to discuss someone you believe is at risk.
FOR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENICES WHEN THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IS CLOSED:
- Call the University of Maryland Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651
- Call the University of Maryland Help Center at (301) 314-HELP
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009. These resources are both available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Call 911 or the University of Maryland Police Department at (301) 405-3333
- Go to an area hospital.
You may also want to view the information on Suicide Prevention.
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