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Crisis Services

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Emergency Services

In any life-threatening situation, such as a 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).

EKUCC After Hours Urgent Support and Crisis Services: 859-622-1303

EKUCC offers mental health support and crisis services to EKU students, or those concerned about a student, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including weekends, evenings, holidays, and during university closures. This is an extension of EKUCC services and can assist a caller in any mental health crisis situation. This 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 mental health support and crisis services, 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 websites below): 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis TEXT Line Text “HOME” to 741741
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; Text Line: 838255; Support 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
Community Crisis 24hr Helpline 1-800-928-8000
Ampersand (&) Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass (formerly Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center) 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
EKU Police Department 1-859-622-1111
2-1111 (from on-campus phone)

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.

Counseling Center


521 Lancaster Avenue
CPO 52, Whitlock Building Room #571
Richmond, KY 40475-3152
Phone: 859-622-1303

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