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Counseling Center Lehman College

Emergency & Crisis Intervention

If you are in crisis or feel suicidal, call or text 988 or go to your nearest emergency room.

The Counseling Center provides crisis intervention services to support students and connect them with needed care.

What is a crisis?

  • Have you experienced a personal, psychological, or physical trauma recently?
  • Has your level of distress increased significantly?
  • Has someone asked you to come to the Counseling Center or another mental health resource?
  • Are you having thoughts or have you made a plan to hurt yourself or others?
  • Has a friend, intimate partner, or family member hurt you physically, emotionally or sexually?

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above get help immediately:

Off Campus: call 911 immediately, call 1-800-273-TALK (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), or go to the closest hospital emergency room.

Hospital Address
The Bronx Lebanon Hospital 1650 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10457
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center 234 E. 149th St. Bronx, NY 10451
Montefiore Medical Center 111 E. 210th St. Bronx, NY 10467
North Central Bronx Hospital 3424 Kossuth Ave, Bronx, NY 10467
Montefiore-Wakefield Hospital 600 E. 233rd St. Bronx, NY 10466
Mount Sinai Hospital 1468 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10029
Mount Sinai - Beth Israel 281 1st Ave. New York, NY 10003
New York Presbyterian - Columbia 630 W 168th St. New York, NY 10032
New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell 525 E. 68th St. New York, NY 10065

On Campus: call Public Safety at 718-960-7777, contact the Counseling Center, or text CUNY to 741741.

About Suicide

Almost all college students who die by suicide are suffering from a mental health condition such as:

  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders.

Identifying and treating these conditions is important!

  • Someone with an untreated condition may be more likely to attempt suicide after a stressful event.

Notice if something is off:

  • Know the warning signs
  • Take those signs seriously
  • Know how to respond when you experience them yourself or see them in a friend or classmate.

There is hope. People who are suicidal can be helped with the proper treatment.

Preventing Suicide

The best approach to treating suicidal individuals is to identify and treat any underlying mental health condition. Contact the Counseling Center, call 988, (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) or text “CUNY” to 741741 (CUNY crisis text line).

Many people who die by suicide have given warnings to family and friends. If someone you know talks about death or suicide, take it seriously.

Many suicidal people are undecided about living or dying. While a part of them wants to live, death seems like the only way out of their pain. They sometimes gamble with death, leaving it up to others to save them.

Discussing suicidal thoughts with sympathy, tact, and respect can make the person feel less alone and encourage them to get the help they need. On the other hand, trying to cheer someone up might make them feel worse - misunderstood and ashamed of their thoughts and feelings. It is important to listen well and take them seriously.

However, friends and family are not trained to assess suicide risk. If you are worried about a loved one, consult a mental health professional by calling 988 or one of the other numbers above.

Relationship Violence

Resources on and off campus

More Mental Health Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    With more than 130 crisis centers across the country, our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services.
    Helpline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.
  • The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students.
  • Mental Health America is dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. Helplines: Text "START" to 741741
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Helpline: Text: "MHA" to 741741 or call 1-800-950-6264
  • National Institute of Mental Health provides news, overview, clinical trials, research, treatment, and information on organizations that deal with suicide.
    1-866-615-6464 or email: