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Crisis Services

Emergency Services

In any life-threatening situation, such as suicide attempt, alcohol or drug overdose, or serious mental health crisis, call 911 (from campus phone: 2-1111) or proceed immediately to the Baptist Health Emergency Room at Baptist Health Hospital located on the Eastern Bypass (phone: 859-623-3131).

Counseling Center: After Hours Urgent Support

The Eastern Kentucky University Counseling Center (EKUCC) now offers after hours support to an EKU student or any person concerned about an EKU student. This is an extension of EKUCC services and can assist a caller in any mental health crisis situation. When appropriate, EKUCC staff will follow up with the caller on the university’s next business day.

EKUCC After Hours is available weekends, evenings, holidays, and during university closures. This new service augments the existing full spectrum of clinical services provided at the EKU Counseling Center and extends the reach to more students, at critical times after hours when they may need the services.

To access EKUCC After Hours Urgent Support, please call (859) 622-1303.

If you need emergency assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

External Crisis Services 

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION. Call a suicide or crisis helpline or utilize crisis text lines (see listings and web sites below): 

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text "Start" to 741-741
1-800-273-8255 and press 1Text Line: 838255Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
TrevorLifeline LGBTQ crisis intervention and suicide prevention
1-866-488-7386; TrevorText START at 678678; TrevorChat
Disaster Distress Helpline confidential crisis support services for those impacted by natural or human-caused disasters in the US
1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746; TTY: 1-800-846-8517
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
2-1111 (from on-campus phone)


EKUCC Office Hours

Fall and Spring Semester Summer Session
Monday - Friday: 8am-4:30pm

Monday - Thursday: 7:30am-5pm

Friday: CLOSED

HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL TO EKUCC Connecting the student EKUCC can be an effective way to assist students in getting the help they may need through psychotherapy and counseling services. It is also strongly recommended that the student be connected to the EKU Student Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT). SAIT is able to intervene, provide support, and connect students to additional assistance to be successful at EKU. To refer a student, complete the online SAIT REFERRAL FORM

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