If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide without a clear commitment to safety, please call 911 or seek help from your nearest local hospital or crisis center.

If you are on-campus, you can also always call the Emory Police Department at 404-727-6111.

Crisis triage appointments are available at CAPS Monday–Friday, 8:30-3:30. Students who are experiencing a psychological emergency can call CAPS (404-727-7450) during those times and ask to speak with the crisis counselor on-call. Members of the Emory community (family members, friends, faculty, staff & students) can also call CAPS (404-727-7450) for consultation to address their concerns about a student’s well-being.

In addition, you may also contact Emory’s Student Case Management & Intervention Services (SCMIS) 24/7 by phone at 404-430-1120 or through their website: https://success.emory.edu/

SCMIS assists students on an ongoing basis and in times of crisis. You can use their website to submit a “Student of Concern Referral” and they will reach out to the student and refer them to the appropriate support resources, including CAPS.

General Crisis Hotlines:

  • Crisis Text line (for those in the US): Text HOME to 741-741 (or text STEVE to reach a POC)
  • Georgia Crisis Access Line (for those in the state of GA): 1-800-715-4225 (also available via text & chat via the MyGCAL Mobile Application)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (for those in the US): 1-800-273-8255 (En Español:  1-888-628-9454)

Hotlines by group/identity:

  • National Graduate Student Crisis Line (for graduate students in the US): 1-800-472-3457
  • The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ Youth in the US): 1-866-488-7386 / text START to 678-678
  • Trans Lifeline (for Trans individuals in the US): Call 877-565-8860
  • International Association for Suicide Prevention - List of International Suicide Hotlines (for those outside of the US):
  • Veterans Crisis Line (for veterans in the US): 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) / Text 838255 / 

Mobile Applications and Websites:

If you suspect someone you know is struggling (based on any of the signs below or other clues), make sure to express your concern and ask them about it. You may be worried that you’ll somehow make things worse by stepping in, but, in fact, people who are struggling often look to their peers, friends, and other acquaintances for support.

Signs of distress

  1. Feeling sad, withdrawn, or detached for more than two weeks
  2. Seeing, hearing or believing things that are not real
  3. Taking unnecessary risks or engaging in severe/out-of-control and/or dangerous behaviors
  4. Sleep issues – such as being unable to sleep, sleeping excessively or having an erratic sleep schedule
  5. Eating issues – such as not eating or refusing to eat, or intentionally vomiting to lose weight
  6. Regular and excessive use of drugs and/or alcohol
  7. Drastic changes in mood, behavior, or personality
  8. Extreme difficulty concentrating, focusing, or staying still
  9. Recurrent and intense worries, unexplained panic, or fear that interferes with daily activities
  10. Self-harming behaviors (such as cutting, burning, hair-pulling, or hitting)
  11. Thoughts of suicide. If you suspect someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or have noticed any of the following warning signs, please refer to the IN CASE OF A CRISIS/ EMERGENCY section above.

Suicide Warning Signs

  1. Mood swings, rage, uncontrolled anger, hopelessness, feeling trapped or feeling like they are a burden to others
  2. Expressing or hinting at a desire to take their own life, hurt themselves or others, or wishing they were dead
  3. Researching suicide methods/means, acquiring a gun and/or stockpiling pills
  4. Isolation/withdrawal from friends, family and/or society at large
  5. Giving away prized possessions or acting as if they are saying final goodbyes

Not sure how to help or talk to someone in distress? Consult the following resources:

Emory CAPS offers QPR - a national suicide prevention training program which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. The 2-hour training teaches 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is intended to teach individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and provides guidelines on how to ask the difficult question about suicidal thoughts, persuade individuals to get help, and refer individuals to local and national resources for support. If you would like to request a QPR training for your student group / department / organization, please contact the CAPS Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Irene Daboin-Dominguez, at irene.daboin.dominguez@emory.edu

To learn more about this training, please visit: https://qprinstitute.com/

Contact and Hours of Operation

Address: 1462 Clifton Road, Suite 235, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 727-7450
Fax: (404) 727-2906
Crisis Consultation: Call (404) 727-7450, 8:30-3:30, Monday-Friday
Hours of Operation: 8:30-5:00, Monday-Friday

PLEASE NOTE: If Emory University is closed due to weather or other emergency, then CAPS is also closed. In such circumstances, students will be contacted to reschedule appointments once the university reopens.