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If a student may be in immediate danger, contact University Police by dialing 911 from a campus landline, or (631) 632-3333 from a cell phone or off-campus phone.

The following table gives you examples of when psychiatric concerns may be emergencies. If you are unsure of how to respond, you can call CAPS anytime, day or night, at (631) 632-6720. 


Signs of Distress

Feeling unusually angry, sad, anxious or overwhelmed

Feeling hopeless about the future

Not showing up to class or work; not meeting obligations

Seems withdrawn or doesn’t participate in activities they used to enjoy

Behaving differently from the way they used to act


How to Respond to Distress

Listen to, and validate the student’s pain


Encourage student to come to CAPS and walk them over, if student is willing 



Signs of Crisis

Thoughts of suicide, or thoughts of hurting someone else

Suicide attempt in the last 30 days

Self-injury (cutting, burning, etc.), without expecting to die

Not taking medications as prescribed

Bizarre thoughts or behavior

Agitated and unable to calm down


How to Respond to a Crisis

Walk student to CAPS (M-F, 9am-5pm) or call CAPS After Hours (631-632-6720) on nights and weekends and walk student to CAPS the next day


Contact the Behavioral Assessment Committee (631-632-6705)



Signs of an Emergency

These are life-threatening situations!

Plans to seriously injure themselves or someone else (stated or implied)

Behavior that suggests they cannot keep themselves safe

Attempted suicide in the last 24 hours, even if they appear physically safe

Very disorganized speech or seems unable to determine reality


How to Respond to an Emergency

Call UPD (631-632-3333) or 911


Contact the Behavioral Assessment Committee (631-632-6705)

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