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Crisis Intervention

Emergency Contact Information

In case of emergency, contact Department of Public Safety (203) 254-4000 ext. 4090 or call 911.

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In addition to ongoing counseling appointments, Counseling & Psychological Services is available for immediate crisis intervention for Fairfield University students. Our office is located in Dolan Hall (near the Health Center). For more information or immediate assistance, come to C&PS or call (203) 254-4000 x2146

Same Day Appointments
Monday - Friday

If you have an urgent need that will require a same-day appointment, please call our Front Desk at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2146 as early as possible during the business day. We will make every effort to ensure you speak with a counselor that same day. Unfortunately due to COVID19, we cannot accommodate Drop-In hours at this time.

After Hours
Weekdays after 4:30 p.m. & Weekends

For psychological emergencies that occur in the evenings or on weekends, contact the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 and an officer will meet you at your location. The officer will provide support and contact the on-call counselor if indicated. The counselor-on-call will typically reach out to a student in need within 30 minutes from the time they are contacted.

Psychological Emergencies Include:

  • suicide attempt
  • suicidal thoughts or threats
  • homicidal thoughts or threats
  • sexual assault
  • being a victim of violence
  • bizarre, psychotic, or otherwise concerning behavior (e.g., person is not making sense, doesn't seem connected to reality)
  • death in the family or of a close friend
  • hospitalization and in critical condition for drug or alcohol overdose
  • extreme emotionality or panic attack and unable to calm down after 30 minutes

Other Non-Emergency Options (On-Campus)

Other Emergency Options (Off-Campus)

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255 (English) or 1-888-628-9454 (En Espanol)
  • Center for Family Justice (a rape crisis center) for immediate and long-term advocacy and support (24 Hour hotline) 1-888-999-5545
  • Bridgeport Hospital Emergency Room (203) 384-3566
  • St. Vincent's Hospital Emergency Room (203) 576-6000

Tips for Managing A Crisis

  • Ask for help
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Don't make hasty decisions
  • Don't isolate yourself
  • Keep your regular meal and sleep times
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Talk to family and friends
  • Remember to breathe deeply

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