Emergency Assistance Decision Tree

Students in Crisis


CAPS Emergent Services


We provide onsite emergent services, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Please call our office between those hours at 513-556-0648, to let us know that you need to see someone immediately.  

CAPS 24 Hour Consultation and Crisis Helpline

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

  • Call 513-584-8577 for emergency room or hospital services.
  • Call 911

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

  • Other community resources 
  • Call your health insurance network for other resources covered by your insurance.
  • Call Mental Health Access Point’s 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.

Student-run and community-run mental health organizations

  • Active Minds: a UC student-run organization focused on decreasing mental health stigma on campus.  Find them at Campus Link:  https://orgsync.com/login/university-of-cincinnati
  • NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with mental health concerns.  www.nami.org




Suicide Prevention Phone Apps

  • LifeBuoy - This unique app is designed specifically to assist suicide survivors after a recent attempt.  It offers a daily mood diary, suggestions for decreasing social isolation, and other ways to monitor increased warning signs of suicidality. (iP)
R and J
  • ReliefLink - This award-winning suicide prevention app assists users with tracking daily mood/thoughts, creating a safety plan, locating the nearest hospitals, and obtaining quick-access to coping methods. (iP) 
ask a friend
  • A Friend Asks - This app offers tips for getting help for a friend (or yourself).  Helpful information includes what to do RIGHT NOW as well as what NOT to do. (iP,A)
Hope box
  • Virtual Hope Box - This app provides help with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfullness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, coping statements, and other tools. (iP,A)


National Hotlines


Text START to 741-741