October 2, 2018

Crisis Response

A mental health crisis, defined by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), is “any situation in which a person’s behavior puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others and/or prevents them from being able to care for themselves or function effectively in the community” (nami.org). Though these situations can be painful and terrifying for those experiencing them, urgent help is available from many resources, both on and off-campus.

If you or a friend is experiencing a mental health crisis, please know that you are not alone. Many other students have faced crisis situations during their time at Vassar.


On-Campus Resources

Metcalf (Counseling Services)

Open on weekdays during the academic year from 8:30am-5:00pm. Same-day appointments are available in urgent situations.

The Counselor-on-call

Available 24/7 by calling the Campus Response Center (CRC) at (845) 437-7333. Vassar uses ProtoCall, a national service staffed around the clock by mental health professionals.

To find out more about on-campus crisis response, click here.

Off-Campus Resources

The Dutchess County Helpline

Reach by calling or texting (845) 485-9700. Through this number, you can speak to a counselor via phone or text. Additionally, HELPLINE has a free app available for Apple and Android.

The Dutchess County Stabilization Center

Located at 230 North Road, provides crisis response services regardless of ability to pay. More information can be found here. Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital is the nearest hospital with a full psychiatric department.

Nation-Wide Services

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line – Reach by texting “HOME” to 741741.

Further Information

NAMI – “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis”

ULifeline – “Suicidal Behavior”