Emergency Coverage

The Psychological Counseling Center, in conjunction with Newton-Wellesley Hospital, provides 24-hour emergency coverage, including phone consultation, immediate psychiatric evaluation, overnight observation, and in-patient hospitalization.

The Counseling Center staff and the Newton-Wellesley emergency services and psychiatric department are extremely sensitive to your confidentiality and responsive to your crisis. Please be reassured that an emergency team is always available.


For a life threatening emergency, call Brandeis University Public Safety at 781-736-3333.

For urgent, non life threatening emergency consultation after hours, call our answering service at 617-431-4814.

In some rare instances a student's problems need immediate emergency attention. Generally, psychological emergencies fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • A suicide gesture, stated intention or attempt
  • Behavior posing a threat to the individual himself/herself
  • Behavior posing a threat to others
  • Demonstrated inability to adequately care for oneself