There are both medical and psychological emergencies which could possibly occur to yourself, another student, or even a staff or faculty member. It's important that everyone knows what is considered an emergency and how to handle the situation if it presents itself.
Please check out the links below for Medical Emergencies and Psychological Emergencies in order to assist you in following the proper procedure(s) to ensure the safety of all involved.
Call the University Police if you need assistance for on-campus emergencies at:
After-Hours Psychological Emergencies:
NKU's crisis line (859) 572-7777 Request to speak to the counselor on call.
or call 1-800 SUICIDE, 1-800-784-2433
or Text: 741741
Not sure if this is an emergency? Click here to see when it is appropriate to go to an Emergency Room vs. an Urgent Care Center.
CAUTION: NEVER TRY TO HANDLE A SITUATION ON YOUR OWN THAT IS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.
NKU Health Counseling and Student Wellness: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 859-572-5650
Be sure to make it clear your need is urgent
NKU Campus Police: Ask to talk to the counselor on call After 4:30 pm 859-572-7777
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Hotline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide Hotline: 800-SUICIDE 800-784-2433
Sun Behavioral Health Care: 820 Dolwick Drive, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018 (KY) 859-429-5188
NorthKey Community Care 24 hour ACCESS line: (KY) 859-331-3292
Talbert House: Regional Crisis Care: (OH) 513-281-CARE (2273)
Text TALBERT to 839863
Community Mental Health Center (IN) 24 hour emergency crisis: 812-537-1302
toll free: 877-849-1248
The Trevor Project LGBTQ 24 hour hotline: 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline Peer support hotline by and for trans people. 10am-4am. 877-565-8860
Crisis text line 24 hour. text: home to: 741741
If serious injury or illness occurs on campus (breathing problems, chest pain, serious bleeding, loss of consciousness, etc.) immediately call the University Police at extension 7777. Give your name and the campus location of the victim, describe the nature and severity of the medical problem and indicate if an ambulance is needed.
In case of minor injury or illness, first-aid care is administered by medical personnel in University Center, Suite 440.
In case of serious injury or illness, after calling for help, properly trained personnel should quickly perform the following steps:
Drug overdose cases will be handled as medical emergencies.
When the Public Safety officer or EMT arrives and takes over care, follow their directions for the safety of all involved.
It is recommended that everyone be trained in first-aid and CPR and that departments have a first-aid kit available. First-aid & CPR training is available through the local American Red Cross (513) 792-4000. For information on items to include in a first-aid kit, you can call to consult with one of our nurses (X-5650).
*Universal Precautions = the use of protective clothing to protect skin and face from contamination.
**For a listing of Community Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Facilities, please click on the drop down below
Highland Heights Campus
415 Johns Hill Road
For emergency call 911 or 859-572-7777
(859) 572-5500 (non-emergency)
If unsure if a particular site or provider is covered on a your insurance plan, it is recommended that you call your insurance program or visit their website to find a local provider that is in your insurance network. This contact information can often be found on the back of your health insurance card.
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
RAINN: Rape Abuse Incest National Network
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Women's Crisis Center (KY) 800-928-3335 859-491-3335
Rape and sexual assault victim support services
Women Helping Women (OH) crisis line: 513-381-5610 toll free 877-889-5610
Crisis intervention for sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking survivors
Community Mental Health Center, Support and Advocacy Services (IN) 812-537-1302 toll free: 877-849-1248
Support services for sexual assault
DOVE Developing Options for Violent Emergencies 859- 301-9266
St. Elizabeth Healthcare's program that can help stop the cycle of abuse
Informational Brochure about domestic violence.
If you are concerned about a student who is under the influence of alcohol or others drugs (prescribed or not) and may be in need of IMMEDIATE medical attention, one or more of the following numbers should be contacted before or instead of HCSW:
Medical Amnesty: grants immunity from prosecution for certain alcohol related offenses when an individual requests emergency medical assistance for him/her self or someone else due to alcohol over consumption.