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Emergency Situations

Do you know what to do?

Chest pain, problems breathing, fainting, choking, bleeding, seizures and many other alarming conditions can occur during times when we may not be prepared. Knowing what to do can save a life. There are a few simple things that you can do to be prepared in advance in the event that you should ever be faced with a medical emergency.

  • Establish an emergency contact.
  • Get familiar with area hospital locations around campus and in places where you may be studying abroad or participating in a co-op program.
  • Get familiar with the details of your health insurance plan in regards to emergency care.

In the event of a MEDICAL EMERGENCY call 911

  • Remain Calm.
  • Know your location and speak slowly and clearly to the 911 dispatcher. 
  • Follow the instructions given to you by the 911 dispatcher. 
  • Take any prescribed or over the counter medications with you to the emergency room. 
  • Alert the medical response team of any known health conditions.

If you feel unsafe or in crisis, follow this guidance from CAPS:

Crisis Emergent Services

CAPS offers 24/7 phone crisis access to students who are in need of immediate support through telephone consultations or after-hours crisis support. These services are accessible by 513-556-0648 and selecting the appropriate options. 

Crisis Consultations

If you want to discuss your concerns about a student with a staff member of CAPS, call our main line 513-556-0648 and request to schedule a consultation. We will listen to your concerns and provide specific guidance and advice tailored to the situation. We may suggest such approaches as:

  • talking with the student and how to do so
  • providing the student with some academic counseling or options
  • creating an agreement about behavioral expectations
  • referring the student to CAPS or other departments at UC
  • contacting the Dean of Students Office to describe your concern.

Sometimes we provide a series of consultations about a student. You can keep in touch with us about a student as you address concerns.

After-Hours Crisis Support 

Students and members of the UC community concerned about students have access to care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our After-hours Crisis services provide care during evenings, weekends, and other times when we are closed, you may call our direct number at 513-556-0648 and press 1, to speak with a counselor 24/7.

Sexual Assault Support Helpline

Provides on- and off-campus resources for gender-based violence and sexual assault support. Evenings, weekends, and other times when we are closed, you may call our direct number at 513-556-0648 and press 1, to speak with a counselor 24/7.

Psychiatric Emergency Services, University Hospital

Additional Local and National Hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
  • Talbert House Crisis Line (Greater Cincinnati community crisis line): 513-281-CARE (2273)
  • Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline): 866-488-7386
  • Women Helping Women (Confidential support and advocacy for women struggling with sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking) 513-381-5610

Off-Campus Counseling Resources

  • Call your health insurance network for other resources covered by your insurance.
  • Call Mental Health Access Point for low-cost or sliding scale treatment options: 513-558-8888
  • If you experience a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.


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University Health Services

Richard E. Lindner Center
2751 O'Varsity Way, 3rd Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0010

Mail Location: 0010
Phone: 513-556-2564
Fax: 513-556-1337