Crisis and Emergency Support

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest Emergency Room, Hospital Emergency Department, or call 911.

A variety of general and LGBTQ-specific crisis and emergency support services – including online resources, phone and text hotlines and crisis counseling – are available nationally, locally and at The Ohio State University.

Find additional mental health support resources here.

Ohio State Crisis/Emergency Support

The following services are available at Ohio State for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff experiencing a crisis or in an emergency situation:

Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service

  • Call 614-292-5766

The Employee Assistance Program offers a 24-Hour Crisis Phone Line for Ohio State University Employees.

  • Call 800-678-6265

The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program: serves to engage and support students, staff, and faculty in suicide prevention efforts.

Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention at Ohio State: provides assistance and support to individuals who report sexual misconduct, including on- and off-campus resources, services, and options.

SARNCO On-Campus Advocates: provides confidential support for survivors of sexual violence, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of OSU’s Columbus campus.

  • Call 614-688-2518
  • Visit the on-campus office, located at 33. W. 11th Avenue, Room 20

Emergency Medical Care: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Emergency Departments are full-service, state-of-the-art facilities equipped to handle any medical emergency.

Wexner Medical Center Crisis Management and Acute Inpatient Care: provides emergency stabilization, diagnosis, and the initial stages of treatment.

  • Call 614-293-9600

STAR Trauma Recovery Center: The Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program uses a variety of evidence-based therapies that have been shown to help survivors of trauma.

Department of Public Safety - Emergency Procedures resources at Ohio State.

Local Crisis/Emergency Support

The following services are available in Central Ohio for LGBTQ+ folks experiencing a crisis or in an emergency situation:

Netcare Access Crisis Center: offers 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis and assessment services.

  • Call 614-276-2273
  • Access Live Crisis Chat
  • Visit 199 S. Central Avenue in Columbus

Franklin County Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Center: provides a safe and secure location offering a full array of services with integrated peer support.

  • Call 614-224-1057

Franklin Country Suicide Prevention Hotline: serves to decrease the occurrence of suicide in the Franklin County community.

  • Call or text 614-221-5445

Ohio Sexual Violence Hotline: provides advocacy and support for survivors of sexual violence across Ohio.

  • Call 844-OHIO-HELP (844-644-6435)

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)

  • 24-hour Crisis Helpline: Connects Ohioans to a trained advocate who will provide confidential emotional support, crisis response, as well as information and options for local resources.

  • Call 614-267-7020

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO): provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault.

Mt. Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP): offers outreach, advocacy, and counseling services for victims, survivors and co-survivors.

National Crisis/Emergency Support

LGBTQ-specific Crisis/Emergency Support

The following services are available nationally for LGBTQ+ folks experiencing a crisis or in an emergency situation:

LGBT National Help Center: provides peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. 

The Trevor Project: provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ young people.

  • Call TrevorLifeline at 866-488-7386
  • Text START to 678-678
  • Use TrevorChat online

Trans Lifeline Hotline: a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers.

  • Call 877-565-8860

THRIVE Lifeline: a trans-led crisis text line staffed by people in STEMM with marginalized identities.

  • Text “THRIVE” to 313-662-8209

General Crisis/Emergency Support

The following services are available nationally for anyone experiencing a crisis or in an emergency situation:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.

Crisis Text Line: serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via text.