The Catholic University of America

Emergency Services


Counseling Center counselors are available to provide emergency counseling services Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am-6:30 pm, and Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Common reasons that a student might utilize Emergency services include:

  • Suicidal ideation with possibility of acting on self-harm thoughts
  • Homicidal ideation with possibiliy of acting on thoughts of harm to others
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Recent assault
  • Recent loss of a loved one
  • Recent traumatic event that occurred to a loved one or in one's hometown
  • Hallucinations
  • Mania

If a student is in a life-threatening situation where the student is at imminent risk of harm, please directly proceed to the nearest Emergency room.

Outside of these hours, students living on-campus should first contact their RA in case of emergency, who can then be put in touch with the on-call counselor via a Community Director. Students living off-campus should contact one of the hotlines listed below, call 911, proceed to their local Emergency Room, or call the Department of Public Safety at (202) 319-5111. Students should not use e-mail to try to make emergency contact.


Additional Resources

Please note that the below information is intended to provide CUA students, faculty, staff, and parents with additional resources for emergency situations. This is a partial listing, and inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by the Counseling Center, nor is it intended as a substitute for professional counseling or psychiatric treatment.


CUA Department of Public Safety

Public Safety: (202) 319-5111



Crisis Hotline (24 hours): (202) 561-7000 | Suicide and emotional stress

DC Hotline (24 hours): (202) 223-2255 | Family stress and referrals

Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hours): (202) 347-2777 | Victims of violence

Montgomery County Suicide Hotline: (301) 738-2255

Montgomery County Crisis Center: (240) 777-4000

Mental Health Association Hotline (Montgomery County): (301)-738-2255

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)


DC Rape Crisis Center

(202) 333-RAPE (7273) | Offers confidential 24-hour hotline; accompaniment to the hospital, police, and court; self-defense classes; support groups and individual counseling for rape survivors, adult survivors of incest, and partners of survivors.