If you are having a life-threatening emergency, please contact 911 or go immediately to the Emergency Room at the hospital.


Resources for Crises:

  • I'm having a medical crisis:
    Please go directly to the ER at Southern Tennessee Regional Health - Sewanee (formerly known as Emerald Hodgson Hospital).  This is the hospital located in Sewanee next to the Wellness Center.
  • I'm having a psychological crisis:
    Contact the CAPS direct line at 931-598-1325; you will be offered an opportunity to schedule a same-day telehealth appointment with a counselor who will conduct a crisis assessment.   The first available provider will attend to you. At this time, wait time is no longer than 30 minutes for your same-day appointment. If you cannot wait 30 minutes for your appointment due to your level of distress, please call 911 for immediate assistance. If you are having a crisis outside of business hours, please see below.

    Do not email the Center if you're in a crisis - email is not a reliable means to obtain urgent assistance.  Please follow the instructions above.
  • I've been sexually assaulted:
    For more information on what to do after an assault and your available options, please see our assault resources page.  You can also call both CAPS (x1325) and Health Service (x1777) for assistance.
  • I have a crisis and it's after business hours:
    Contact 911 or the Emergency After Hours crisis line (x1700) or go to the ER at the hospital.    

    The Center will not be able to assist you after business hours; if you leave a message, we will not be able to assist you until the next business day.  Please contact the emergency resources during the evenings, nights and on weekends.


How do I know which one to use?

Emergencies are situations where your well-being or the well-being of others may be compromised if immediate action is not taken.  These are considered life-threatening situations - please contact 911 immediately!

Crises are urgent situations for students who require same-day treatment and assistance.

How do I know if I'm having a crisis?

If you're unsure, consider the following:

I am in medical CRISIS because:

  • My concern warrants me going to an emergency room at a hospital.

I am in psychological CRISIS because:

  • I am having serious thoughts of suicide or doing serious harm to myself and may act upon them.
  • I am having serious thoughts of doing serious harm to another person and may act upon them.
  • I believe my life is danger.
  • I am hearing voices or seeing things no one else hears or sees.
  • I have been recently physically or sexually assaulted.

Adapted from the University of Missouri's Counseling Center, used with permission.


Shouldn't I call x1111?

When students dial x1111 they are contacting the Sewanee Police Dispatcher.  This is appropriate for important but non-emergency needs, like being locked out of your dorm or getting a jump start for your car.  For an emergency you should always call 911.  

Is there a hotline I can contact?  Or if I'm in crisis off campus?

The Crisis Text Line is a hotline accessed via text message (instead of calling).  The Text Line is free, available 24/7, and offers emotional support and information to anyone - not just Sewanee students!

What are my resources if I am not having an emergency or crisis?

The Wellness Center offers medical and psychological assistance.  You can contact the Center at 931-598-1270 to schedule an appointment.


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