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Mental Health Resources

For an Immediate Crisis

Emergency help is available if you or someone you know is in immediate crisis:

  • If there is an emergency on campus, call the Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD) at (615) 421-1911. (The non-emergency VUPD number is (615) 322-2745.)
  • If there is an emergency off campus, call 911.
  • If you or someone you know needs immediate medical assistance, they should visit the nearest emergency room. The closest emergency room to campus is the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Room.

If you or someone you know would like to speak by phone or text with a trained crisis professional, there are nationwide services available:

  • Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 to communicate with a trained crisis counselor, from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Text STEVE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 (for students of color).
  • Call the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678 (for LGBTQ+ students under 25 years old).
  • Call the Trans Lifeline at 1-877-565-8860 (for transgender folx).

On-campus Resources

University Counseling Center (UCC)

If you or someone you know needs to speak with a University Counseling Center professional immediately:

  • Students may come directly to the UCC and be seen by the clinician on call, or may call the UCC at (615) 322-2571 to speak with a clinician (press #2 if after hours).
  • For more information, please check Urgent Care Counseling.

Scheduling an Appointment

Student Health Center

Serves the primary care needs of the Vanderbilt student community. There are no office co-pays for routine visits, and all registered students are eligible for care, regardless of insurance coverage. It also offers eating disorders assessment and consultation, sexual and reproductive health care, as well as LGBTQI health care.

Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW)

CSW is across from Student Health (3-minute walk from Eskind) and provides the following services:

  • Individual coaching sessions on emotional wellbeing, stress management, self-efficacy, financial wellbeing, life transitions, social support/relationship building, nutrition, sleep habits, etc.
  • Meditation and yoga
  • Recovery support services
  • Substance use screenings
  • Skill-building workshops
  • Trainings to identify and respond to student needs
  • Writers’ Accountability Groups
  • Awareness and prevention programming
  • Referrals

Martha Cuninggim Women’s Center

The Women’s Center offers many resources regarding body image, eating disorders, violence prevention and intervention. Contact: (615) 322-4843

Project Safe Center

The Project Safe Center provides information, support, referrals, and education about sexual and intimate partner violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), as well as consent, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality to the Vanderbilt University community.

  • 24-Hour Hotline: (615) 322-SAFE (7233)
  • Office: (615) 875-0660 (Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm; for non-urgent matters or to schedule an appointment)
  • Project Safe Center staff are available 24/7 to provide accompaniment to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Department for treatment post-assault and/or for a forensic examination.
  • Vanderbilt Police Department – Walking Escort Service (615) 421-8888
  • Vanderbilt Police Department – Vandy Vans

Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life

The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life has staff of chaplains representing several faiths on campus including Jewish, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Reformed University Fellowship, Catholic, Muslim, and United Methodist. Each chaplain or director provides counseling for his/her constituency. Chaplain services are free to students. Contact: (615) 322-2457.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt University

LGBTQI Life is a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQI-related campus groups and activities.

  • LGBTQI Life Phone: (615) 322-3330
  • Email:
  • Location: the K.C. Potter Center, Euclid, 312 West Side Row

The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center (BCC)

BCC offers cultural and educational programming, student support, and community outreach and service. The center promotes respect, understanding, and greater appreciation for cultural and racial diversity. The BCC offers a dedicated graduate student study area as well as providing space for the Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students (OBGAPS) programming and meetings.

Off-campus Resources

Community Providers

  • Many are out-of-network with fees ranging from $75-150. Vanderbilt student health insurance covers 65% cost of each session from out-of-network providers after a $500 annual deductible, some providers offer sliding scales.
  • For those with the Gallagher (United Healthcare) Student Health Insurance offered by Vanderbilt, FREE online therapy is available at or

Support Groups

  • NAMI Davidson BRIDGES (local) provides free, peer-led, drop-in support group meetings for individuals living with a mental illness.
  • Project LETS (national) provides National Peer Mental Health Advocates (PMHA), offering free, one-on-one, long-term mental health support (reserved for individuals who have limited insurance, cannot afford therapy, do not have access to a mental health professional, can’t seek access due to family issues, personal issues, stigma, etc., or for those in need of additional help and support).
  • LGBTQ The Trevor Project (national) provides a 24/7 hotline as well as instant messaging, text, social networking services.