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Emergencies & Crises

In the course of your college career, you may find yourself in a situation where someone’s health is in danger. In the case of a serious emergency, you may contact Medical Services and/or Mental Health Services, which are open and prepared to assist you at all times.

Life-Threatening Situations

In the case of a serious, life-threatening situation, you should call upon the emergency support team and ambulance services immediately.

  • If on-campus: call 314-935-5555 or use one of the blue emergency lights.
  • If off-campus: call 911.

Explain your exact location and describe what is wrong. Emergency help will arrive, evaluate the problem and assist with transport to the nearest and most appropriate medical facility.

Examples of life-threatening situations are:

  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Major injury
  • Unconsciousness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Seizures
  • Threatened or attempted suicide

Mental Health Crises:

Examples of a mental health crisis include:
• suicidal or homicidal thoughts or impulses

• hearing voices or otherwise misperceiving reality

• overwhelming loss, such as a death in the family; sexual or physical assault

In the event of a mental health crisis, contact:

• Habif Health and Wellness Center 314-935-6666 (Mental Health and Medical Services).
• When Habif is closed and you are in campus, call campus police at 314-935-5555
• When Habif is closed and you are off campus, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room
• Sexual Assault and Rape Anonymous Helpline (SARAH) at 314-935-8080 during semesters

National Resources for Help 

Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741 741)
• The Steve Fund has created a special keyword, STEVE, that young people of color can text to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor available 24/7 and trained to work with people of color. The Fund views text messaging as a key component of its strategy towards addressing the unmet mental health needs of college and university students of color. https://www.stevefund.org/crisistextline/

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (call: 1-800-273-8255)

LGBTQ Helpline​ (call: 1-866-488-7386)


Urgent Situations

  • Urgent, non-crisis situations that require medical evaluation as soon as possible could include:
  • Significant pain (abdominal, head, neck, ear, chest, with fever)
  • Breathing problems such as asthma that is not responding to routine medications
  • Pain or difficulty urinating
  • Injury to extremity
  • Lacerations
  • Allergic reactions to food, substances, bee stings, etc.
  • Sexual assault

These problems should typically be seen the same day. During our open hours. When Habif is open, you may call or walk in and request to see a physician or nurse for evaluation. When SHS is closed, call 314-935-6666, option 1. A nurse will assist you by phone to direct you to the most appropriate facility for care.

Off-campus facilities

Habif Health and Wellness Center utilizes Barnes Jewish Hospital Emergency Department, which is located on Kingshighway. Call 314-362-5000 to reach the hospital.

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Non-Urgent Situations

Non-urgent situations and conditions could include:

  • Colds and sore throats without difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Minor scrapes and bruises
  • Allergy conditions
  • Routine care and follow up

In cases such as these, please book on-line or call ahead to schedule an appointment. 314-935-6666. ​​​​