After Hours Emergency & External Referrals

For after hours and weekend emergencies during the academic year, call Security & Safety at 219.866.6129 (from an on-campus phone, simply dial 6129 or “1”) or their emergency cell phone, 219.863.1425, 911, or Franciscan Health - Rensselaer at 219.866.5141.

It is important to know that the College does not provide emergency psychological aid at all times. We do not provide counseling to SJC staff or faculty members. We can, however, meet with non-student SJC personnel to aid in the process of finding an appropriate community referral.

External Referrals

Along with providing direct counseling services, the counselor can help students find other mental health professionals. For students who could benefit from off-campus psychological or psychiatric assistance, we have developed contacts with local providers.

Wabash Valley Alliance in Rensselaer, IN provides outpatient programs, psychiatric assessment services and coordination with inpatient facilities. Emergency services can be obtained through the emergency room at Franciscan Health - Rensselaer. Security will help with transportation, if needed.

External Referrals

  • Wabash Valley Alliance 
    131 W. Drexel Pkwy
    Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Crisis Center
    24-hour Emergency Service


School Counselor Alcohol/Drug Help Line: 800.621.1646

Mental Health Infosource: 800.447.4474

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders: 847.831.3438

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Helpline: 1.800.950.6264

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1.800.273.8255


Online Mental Health Screening

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