Emergency and Suicide Concerns
Suicide and suicidal behaviors are a major concern for colleges and universities, and efforts are underway to introduce suicide prevention programming on many college and university campuses.
This information sheet summarizes the data available on suicidal thoughts, attempts, and deaths, and
describes risk and protective factors that are common among college and university students
Learn more about training and events offered through our suicide prevention grant.
Crisis / Emergency Information for Yourself
If you are having any thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room immediately.
For CofC students the nearest ER is
Medical University South Carolina
171 Ashley Ave
off Calhoun St.
Emergency Phone Numbers
- CASAS Business Hours (M-F, 8:30am to 5:00pm) 843.953.5640
- CASAS After Hours: Contact Public Safety
- Emergency: 843.953.5611 (ask for on-call counselor)
- Non-emergency: 843.953.5609
- Hotline (local): 843-744-4357 or 211
- Suicide Prevention Hotline (national): 1.800.273.8255
- Mobile Crisis: 843.414.2350
- Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy: 843.724.1212
Or if you need someone to talk to, connect with our Cougar Counseling Team
Concerned about a Student?
If you have concerned about the safety of a College of Charleston student who may be at risk for suicide, harm to others, substance use, depression, or other significant mental health concerns:
- Please complete the Report a Concern Form
- Contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Jeri Cabot at 843.953.5522
- Contact the CASAS Director, Dr. Frank Budd at 843.953.5640
- If there is/may be a weapon involved, contact Public Safety at 843.953.5611
ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline is available where college students seek information the most - at their fingertips on the Internet.
ULifeline is a program of The Jed Foundation, the nation’s leading organization working to prevent suicide and improve the mental health of college students, and is overseen by an expert board of mental health professionals. The Jed Foundation provides ULifeline to all colleges and universities free of charge, regardless of the size or type of institution. Currently, more than 1200 colleges and universities participate in the ULifeline Network.
Since its inception, ULifeline and The Jed Foundation have reached millions of parents, students, administrators and those who have suffered in silence. We will continue to be vigilant in improving ULifeline and its ability to educate, raise awareness, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health seeking on college campuses.