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Psychiatric Emergency
&
Suicide Prevention
Assistance


If you're struggling emotionally or thinking about suicide, help is available:

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM
FSU Counseling Center
508-626-4640

After hours & on the weekends/holidays:
Advocates Psychiatric
Emergency Services
508-872-3333

24 hours/day:
Samaritans 24-hour
Suicide Prevention Helpline
617-247-0220

National Suicide
Prevention Helpline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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Have a question we haven't answered below? Please contact us at 508-626-4640.

1. What is the best way to set up psychological counseling services for my son or daughter?

2. Do counselors call students to encourage them to make an appointment at the Counseling Center?

3. Can the counselor keep me updated on how treatment is going?

4. What if I want to share information about my son or daughter or inquire about how they are doing?

5. How can the Counseling Center help if my student is having serious academic problems?

6. What if a parent, another student, or a faculty or staff member is concerned about a student?

7. My son/daughter is already in therapy and taking a psychotropic medication. What should I do about the therapy and medication issue while he/she is attending FSU?

8. What if my son/daughter is having a psychological crisis?

1. What is the best way to set up psychological counseling services for my son or daughter?

The best way for your son or daughter to arrange to be seen at the Counseling Center is to have him/her call or come into the Center to arrange an appointment. Your son or daughter will be seen in a timely manner, usually within 24 hours of making contact with us.

2. Do counselors call students to encourage them to make an appointment at the Counseling Center?

Counseling Center staff members do not contact students and ask them to come in or inquire about their mental health. It is our belief that counseling is most effective when it is voluntary, and students often perceive such calls as intrusive. If a situation exists in which the Center receives information that a student is in distress or imminent danger as a result of a psychological problem, a wellness check can be initiated, and, when needed, appropriate law enforcement or emergency medical personnel will be contacted.

3. Can the counselor keep me updated on how treatment is going?

Because of mental health laws and confidentiality restrictions, counselors cannot provide any treatment information about your son/daughter without a written release giving specific permission to do so. We may also encourage students to communicate directly with their parents about their treatment.

4. What if I want to share information about my son or daughter or inquire about how they are doing?

Although we cannot give out information to parents unless the student has signed a release, we can listen to parents' concerns. Frequently, parents have information that can be helpful to the student and to the process of therapy.

5. How can the Counseling Center help if my student is having serious academic problems?

If a serious personal situation is affecting your student's academic functioning, the Center staff can serve as a resource for connecting your son or daughter with the appropriate staff or faculty that can be of assistance (such as the Dean's offices, Center for Academic Support, academic advisors).

6. What if a parent, another student, or a faculty or staff member is concerned about a student?

Counselors are available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (508-626-4640) to consult with parents and others. Counselors can offer suggestions for helping the student, provide information about resources available on and off-campus, and offer suggestions about how to encourage the student to make an appointment to see a counselor.

7. My son/daughter is already in therapy and taking a psychotropic medication. What should I do about the therapy and medication issue while he/she is attending FSU?

Your son/daughter can maintain their established relationship with their medication prescriber to continue monitoring his/her medication. Many students are able to maintain their periodic medication follow-up appointment with their hometown prescribers.

We suggest that students discuss with their prescriber and therapist treatment needs while they are away at the university. If ongoing psychotherapy is desired, the Center can offer that, either in conjunction with existing providers, or, if appropriate, as the new provider of choice. A clinician from the Center can meet with your son or daughter to evaluate the needs and together make a determination about what treatment would be most beneficial for the student.

8. What if my son/daughter is having a psychological crisis?

If your son or daughter is experiencing a psychological crisis, s/he can contact the Counseling Center during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday), and will be seen and evaluated. The staff at the Center encourage students to communicate with parents if they are in crisis. If s/he is experiencing a psychological crisis after hours or on the weekends, s/he may contact the Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services (508-872-3333) to be evaluated. Advocates will meet with your son or daughter to evaluate the current situation and make recommendations to ensure safety.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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Phone: 508-620-1220