Always call 911 if there is a serious medical concern or any risk to people or property.
A. Sometimes what is disturbing but bearable in the daytime becomes magnified at night. If feelings have escalated but neither you nor others are at risk, you may find it calming to call one of the following 24-hour hotlines:
1. Mercer County CONTACT: 609.896.2120 or 609.585.2244
Suicide lines: 1.800.273 TALK (8355) or 1.800.SUICIDE (784.2433)
2. “Silent Unity’s Prayer Line”: 1.800.669.7729
3. Leave messages to arrange for counseling the next day on both 497.7891 (student counseling) and 497.7890 (chapel office).
B. If there is risk of injury to self or others, pursue one of these options:
1. Call 911―if an injury has occurred, if someone has passed out or is out of control, or if there is concern about possible overdose.
2. Go directly to the Princeton Medical Center Emergency Room or call Princeton House, the hospital’s psychiatric facility at 609.497.3355 or page 609.687.8183.
3. Seek help from a PTS Security Officer. Main Campus: 609.273.9727; CRW Campus: 609.273.9726. The Security Officer may contact an administrator from the Psychological Crisis Response Team.If you have difficulty reaching an officer, call 609.497.7777. For confidentiality, tell the dispatch operator “This is a Code Red” and give only your location and a phone number. The dispatch operator will contact a Security Officer for you. Security Officers and Deacons are familiar with these guidelines and ready to help.
4. The Psychological Crisis Response Team includes: John White, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Relations; Nancy Schongalla- Bowman, Director of Student Counseling; Janice Smith Ammon, Minister of the Chapel; Cathy Cook Davis, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Senior Placement; Debbie Davis, Director of Field Education; Victor Aloyo, Director of Multicultural Relations; and John Gilmore, Vice President for Business Affairs.
Miscellaneous Emergency Numbers
1. 24-hour Hotlines for Women in Crisis: 609.394.9000 and 1.800.572.SAFE
2. Crime Victim Services (Statewide): 1.800.242.0804
3. Child Abuse 24-hour Hotline: 1.800.792.8610 (if you suspect abuse or neglect)
4. Family 24-hour Helpline: 1.800.THE KIDS (Parents Anonymous)
5. National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1.866-331.9474
6. Capital Health System at Helene Fuld, 24-hour Crisis Center for Mercer County: 609.396.4357 (will offer guidance on handling the crisis, and send screeners to the individual in crisis if necessary)
7. Princeton Borough Police: 609.924.4141
8. West Windsor Police: 609.799.1222
Hospitals and Psychiatric Facilities
University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro – 609.497.4000
Princeton House – 609.497.3300
• This is the psychiatric inpatient wing of the University Medical Center which includes detox and substance abuse treatment.
Carrier Clinic – 908.281.1000
• This inpatient psychiatric facility includes drug and alcohol treatment.
Capital Health Medical Center – 1-800-637-2374
Capital Health (Helene Fuld Campus) – 609.394.6000
• This hospital includes mental health units and a mobile screening team for psychological crises.
1. If a call to 911 was made from the main campus, they will be taken to the University Medical Center at Princeton and on to Princeton House if inpatient psychiatric care is needed. If Princeton House is full, Princeton House contacts other in-network hospitals, (e.g. Carrier or Helene Fuld for those in the SHBP).
2. If a CRW/Witherspoon student has called 911 for assistance they will be taken to the Helene Fuld Campus of the Capital Health System since the call will be picked up by the West Windsor Police. If they need inpatient care, they are likely to remain in that hospital system’s psychiatric unit. They may request to be taken to Princeton House or elsewhere but a transfer is not guaranteed.