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During Regular Office Hours
Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, emergency services are provided by the Counseling Center at Lawrenceville Campus: (609) 896-5157 and Westminster Campus (609)921-7100 x 8275

For After-Hours Emergencies
Students can reach Public Safety by calling (609)896-7777

What is a Mental Health Emergency?

If you, or someone else, are having thoughts of suicide, impulses to hurt yourself or someone else, severe confusion or disorientation, or have just been the victim of violence or assault, you need emergency care.  Please contact the Counseling Center or Public Safety immediately.

For help off campus, CALL 609-396-HELP (4357) to reach the Capital Health Emergency Mental Health Services Center for Mercer County. Available 7 days a week, 24-hours-a- day. Once you make this call, ask about the Mobile Outreach Program, which provides services to clients at home or at the site of the crisis.

GO TO CAPITAL HEALTH SCREENING CENTER at 750 Brunswick Ave., Trenton, NJ. Phone: 609-396-HELP(4357). Mental health screeners are available 24/7.

IF IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911 to request the police and an ambulanc or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.

You can also call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. If you would rather speak to someone online, you can text the word “START” to 741741.

Suicide Warning Signs 

Suicide “DOES NOT WAIT” know the signs and get help immediately!

Drug or alcohol use is increased 
Often feels like a burden to others
Extreme moods swings are displayed
Sleeps too little or too much

No hope for the future; does NOT have a reason to live
Overwhelming anger to the point of rage or talks about seeking revenge
Trapped feeling or unbearable pain is experienced

Ways of ending life are sought by the person 
Agitated-Anxious or reckless behavior is engaged in
Isolates themselves and withdraws 
Talks about wanting to die/end life/kill themselves

What if I am feeling really upset, depressed, or anxious, but it is not an emergency?

There are several things you can do in times of great distress, when it is not a crisis situation or emergency as described above.

If you are in a high level of distress, you may want to speak to someone right away. You can do this by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. If you would rather speak to someone online, text the word “START” to 741741.  Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:

  1. Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  2. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
  3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment

 or visit one of the following sites:


Some things that you may be able to do immediately to relieve some of your distress:

  • Journal or write down your thoughts in any creative way you can think of such as poetry, music lyrics, etc.
  • Talk to a trusted friend, family member, or adult role model
  • Practice relaxation techniques or meditate (check out our self-help link!!)
  • Listen to soothing music or watch a comforting or funny movie
  • Exercise or do anything active such as take a walk or play a sport
  • Color, draw, craft, paint, etc.
  • Distract yourself with any healthy and soothing activity you can think of

What if I am concerned with someone who is expressing suicidal thoughts online?

If you have been communicating with someone online and are concerned about this person’s life because of something they have posted, please report it immediately!!  If you know the person’s whereabouts you can call 911 and have an ambulance sent there right away.  Remember you are helping them during a time when they are not thinking clearly.  You are NOT getting them in trouble.  You want to make sure help is on its way as soon as possible.  If you do not know where the person is, you can get help by reporting the information you have received or viewed.   The following website shows you how to report your concerns on several social networking sites:

You can also call Public Safety (609-896-7777) and the Counseling Center (Lawrenceville Campus 609-896-5157; Princeton Westminster Campus 609-921-7100 x8275) for further assistance in finding this person help.

Other Emergency Resources

Local Hospitals:

  • University Medical Center at Princeton
    1 Plainsboro Rd
    Plainsboro, NJ 08536
    Emergency Room: 609-853-7700
  • Capital Health Medical Center
    750 Brunswick Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08638
    (609) 394-6063
    Mental Health Crisis (609)396-4357


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • NAMI Mercer's Helpline
  • 2NDFLOOR - Confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's young adults to talk about problems or issues they might be facing
    1 (888) 222-2228
  • Mercer County Womanspace Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline
  • Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Hotline
    1-(800)4-A-CHILD (2-4453)
  • National Domestic Violence
    1-(800)799-SAFE (7233)
  • Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN)
    1(800)656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
  • Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
    1(888)THE-GLNH (843-4564)
  • Gay & Lesbian Trevor HelpLine Suicide Prevention
  • Self-Injury Hotline SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends)
    1(800)DONT CUT (366-8288)
  • Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline
    1(800)662-HELP (4357)
  • Planned Parenthood Hotline
    1-(800)230-PLAN (7526)
  • Post Abortion Trauma
  • Project Inform HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline
  • STD Hotline