If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, always call 911.
What Is a Medical Emergency?
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:
- Bleeding that will not stop
- Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
- Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
- Chest pain
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- A feeling of committing suicide or murder
- Head or spine injury
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Sudden injury due to a motor vehicle accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wound, or other injuries
- Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
- Swallowing a poisonous substance
- Severe abdominal pain or pressure
This is not an exhaustive list; if you think you are having an emergency, call 911.
What to Do in an Emergency
UMass Boston's Department of Public Safety has first responders who attend to all on-campus emergency situations that occur outside of University Health Services. Please call (617) 287-1212 (on a cell phone) or 911 (on a university phone) for immediate assistance.
Mental Health Emergencies
University Health Services
Emergency mental health assistance is available 24/7 at University Health Services:
- Call the Counseling Center at (617) 287-5690 on weekdays, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
- Call the Crisis Line at (855) 634-4135 to speak with a clinician when the Counseling Center is closed.