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Crisis Intervention

Counseling Center staff members, supported by the Student Health Center nursing staff and psychiatrist, provide assistance when members of the University community experience mental health crises.

If a crisis occurs during Counseling Center office hours, individuals should contact the Center at (703) 526-6861 or come to the Center (Main Campus, Berg Hall, 1st Floor) and inform the receptionist that there is an urgent need to speak with a counselor immediately.

After Counseling Center office hours, the following resources are available:
Resident Students
Go to the Student Health Center on the 1st floor of Berg Hall or call (703) 284-1610. During the fall and spring semesters, a registered nurse is on duty from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, whenever the residence halls are open. The nurse-on-duty will contact a counselor or the psychiatrist as needed.

When the Student Health Center is closed, students should contact Campus Safety at (703) 284-1600 and ask that the resident director-on-duty be paged to respond to the emergency. One of the resident directors is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week whenever the residence halls are open. Alternately, resident students may approach Residence Life staff (Resident Advisors or the Resident Director on duty) directly. Residence Life staff will contact a counselor, as needed.

Commuter Students
Individuals may call the Office of Campus Safety at (703) 284-1600. Someone is on duty 24 hours a day. Individuals should inform the Campus Safety staff member of the nature of the emergency and ask that a counselor be contacted.

NOTE: For mental health crises and emergencies occurring off campus, faster response may be obtained by dialing 9-1-1 or going to the nearest emergency room.

Confidentiality
For information regarding the limits of confidentiality during crisis situations, visit the confidentiality section of this website.