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There is so much you can do to keep your mental health strong throughout college. Crises sometimes happen, though, so it’s important to know what to do in an emergency or mental health crisis.

988 vs. 911

988 is the new three-digit dialing code where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for those experiencing mental health-related crises, including thoughts of suicide or a substance use crisis. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

911 serves as an emergency and public safety dispatch system, where the focus is to dispatch emergency medical services, firefighters, and police as needed.


Your campus should have emergency/crisis resources such as help lines, emergency numbers, emergency walk-in hours at the health center, and on-call campus health coverage. Find out what resources are available (a good place to ask is Student Affairs) and keep their contact information handy.

Mental Health College Guide
Mental Health College Guide

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If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health, suicide or substance use crisis or emotional distress:

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