Crisis and Emergencies

The Counseling Center is available to see students who are in crisis, due to various mental health reasons.   Signs of a possible mental health crisis may include:

  • Thoughts, plans, means and/or intent to commit suicide
  • Threatening to harm others
  • Intentional self-injury
  • Uncontrollable symptoms
  • Hallucinations or other disordered thinking
  • If you have experienced a sexual assault
  • If you are in physical danger or believe you are being stalked, harasssed or threatened by another person
  • If you are unable to provide for your own food or shelter

*If any of these events are currently, or recently occurring, please contact the Counseling Center as soon as possible. You may obtain an emergency appointment by calling the front desk at  617-333-2182 or by walking into the Counseling Center at 1016 Brush Hill Road (Wellness Center) and proceed to the second floor, during normal business hours.

*In the event your experience a mental health emergency outside of normal business hours (e.g., evenings and weekends) please call Public Safety at 617-333-2222. Public Safety will help you to get connected to the Counselor on Call for telephone consultation.

**If your symptoms, while not emergent, are still distressing, we may ask to schedule you for an appointment at a different time, in order to maintain emergency access to students who are in crisis.  This allows our staff to provide immediate assistance and intervention to students who may have a life threatening emergency.

To help cope with distress, here are several ideas you can use to help reduce feelings of distress. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Write in a journal
  • Talk to a friend, family member, or trusted clergy member
  • Exercise, preferably outdoors if weather permits
  • Practice relaxation techniques (e.g., yoga, meditation)
  • Use Youtube relaxation videos
  • Listen to music
  • Engage in a favorite hobby, activity or creative outlet (e.g., art work, photography, writing, making music, etc.)
  • Watch a movie or favorite television show
  • Focus on a favorite and positive memory, focusing on the images, sounds, and sensations that are associated with the memory

To make an appointment with the Counseling Center, please call our office at 617-333-2182.

 
 
 
 

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