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If you need immediate help

Text: START to 741-741

Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

It’s easy to procrastinate getting help, but reaching out for support is the first step to feeling better. Most campuses offer confidential counseling services or can help connect you with resources in your community. Just talking about what’s going on can help you feel better, so take that first step by reaching out for help or opening up to a trusted friend or family member. There are ways to feel better, but you have to tell someone what you’re going through.

Here are some other resources that can help you decide when it’s time to reach out for help:

24-Hour Hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Chat now: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth)
    866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
  • CDC-INFO (Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline)
    1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
  • Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), press 1
  • Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse)
    1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline

    24-hour online hotline:

    1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
  • Crisis Text Line

    Get Help Now: Free, 24/7, Confidential

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Resources on your campus:

Samuel Merritt University

Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC)
3100 Telegraph Avenue Suite #3105
Oakland, California 94609

Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University offers short-term personal psychotherapy at no charge to currently enrolled students, up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Individual sessions are available focusing on such problems as interpersonal relationships, identity, sexuality, dependence/ interdependence, study worries, examination anxiety, and stress management, as well as other personal problems. Short-term work focuses on resolving specific problems. Referrals to community resources are made as appropriate.

Students can make initial intake appointments by contacting (510) 869-6629.

Students at the SF PENINSULA and SACRAMENTO learning center campuses can access mental health counselors EITHER on the Oakland campus or through the Sutter Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You will also receive up to 10 sessions per calendar year, free of charge, through this program as well. Please contact (800) 477-2258 to learn more.

Check out our website to learn more:

Samuel Merritt University Emergency Contact Information

The SMU Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 5:00 PM.

Please note: The on-campus counselors are not available after hours, on weekends, or during academic breaks or holidays.

Emergencies & After Hours:
If you need immediate mental health assessment after hours, during weekends or holiday breaks, contact the following Crisis Lines.

Alameda County Crisis Contact Line 800-309-2131
National Crisis Hotline 800-273-TALK

In ANY life threatening emergency, Call 9-1-1

Confidentiality Statement

Alameda County Crisis Support Services

Scared? Sad? Overwhelemed? Call for support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Service is free and confidential. (800) 309-2131

Phone: 800-309-2131
Address: Mental Health Emergency/Crisis
, California

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