Need Help Now?

If you need immediate assistance (medical or mental health emergency, physical or sexual assault), please call 911.

If you live in university residence halls, you may also want to contact your house fellow or peer-learning partner (available 24 hours a day).

Other contacts for immediate assistance (including emergency and after-hours) are listed by topic below.

The resources presented here are not meant to replace medical treatment or in-person intervention, but may be helpful for support, self-discovery and advice.

Alcohol issues

Cutting and self-injury

Depression

Domestic abuse

Eating disorders

Emergency rooms

Gambling issues

LGBTQ issues

Mental health (general)

Military/veterans resources

Parenting support

Rape and sexual assault

Sexual addiction

Stalking

Suicide prevention and support

Transportation

Urgent/immediate care facilities

Alcohol Issues


For people having a problem with drinking:

For family and friends:

Online resources

Division of Student Life: Responsible Action Guidelines
UHS: General information (including assessments, etc.)
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (online edition)
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Sober Recovery Community
Addiction, Lies, and Relationships 
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Books

A Skeptic's Guide to the 12 Steps (Phillip Z.)
Drinking: A Love Story (Caroline Knapp)
A Place Called Self: Women, Sobriety, and Radical Transformation (Stephanie Brown): also has a companion workbook

Cutting and Self-Injury

S.A.F.E. Alternatives: 800-DONT-CUT (366-8288) | 6 a.m. to midnight, 7 days/week

Depression

UHS Mental Health Crisis Services: 608-265-5600 (select option 9)
Contact UHS 24 hours a day if you or a UW-Madison student is experiencing a mental health emergency Calls are answered first by a receptionist, who may then page a UHS counselor.

Journey Mental Health Center: 608-280-2600 (24 hrs.)
Formerly Mental Health Center of Dane County. Available to all Dane County residents.

Wisconsin Psychiatric Association

General advice about depression

Depression creates cognitive distortions that can make getting help seem difficult or impossible. People who do a lot of thinking can often think themselves into a dangerous corner. This section may help you act.

  1. Seek therapy or other one-on-one counseling for help in breaking thought patterns that keep you depressed. Make and keep therapy appointments. If you don't click with the first therapist, don't give up; try another therapist.
  2. Consider trying medication; different ones work for different people.
  3. Exercise; this doesn't have to be as hard as you might think.
  4. Be around people (a job, class, housemates, a library, a coffee shop). Online doesn't count.
  5. Shower, dress and get out of your home for at least a little while every day.
  6. Eat a sensible amount of healthy food.
  7. Try to avoid mood-altering substances such as alcohol, narcotics or other drugs.
  8. Sleep a reasonable amount. If you are sleeping more than ten hours a day, make routines. With help from others, that can help you break out of that pattern.
  9. Don't make up excuses for why you can't do any of 1-8. Making up excuses to keep feeling the way you're feeling (i.e., giving in to your cognitive distortions) is a big part of depression.
  10. If these suggestions aren't helping, try again. Let someone know.

Online resources

Demystifying Depression - Part I and Part II: (Online forum posts): Defining depression, recognizing its warning signs and how to initiate the recovery process
MoodGym (from Australian National University): Cognitive behavior therapy skills
National Institute of Mental Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Books

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy and The Feeling Good Handbook (David Burns): Uses cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) techniques
(Regardless of What You Were Taught to Believe) There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate and The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth (Cheri Huber): The author is an American Zen teacher; her website contains an archive of her writings
How To Lift Depression ...fast (Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell)

Domestic Abuse | Relationship Violence | Stalking

If you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or one of these numbers:

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS): 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045 (24 hrs.)

UW Police Department (UWPD)
: 911 or 608-264-COPS (2677)
24-hour dispatcher and response team
; also criminal reporting, investigation, and legal process on the UW-Madison campus.

Madison Police Department (MPD)
: 911 or 608-266-4275

24-hour dispatcher and response team
; also criminal reporting, investigation, and legal process in the city of Madison.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)

The Rainbow Project: 608-255-7356 | Info@TheRainbowProject.net
Support for children and families experiencing stress from factors such as domestic violence, neglect, child abuse, trauma and other stressors

Drug and Substance Issues

Wisconsin Narcotics Anonymous: 888-431-7526

Narcotics Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous

LifeRing Secular Recovery

Addictive Disorders Treatment Program (ADTP): For veterans and families

Sober Recovery Community

Online resources

Addiction, Lies, and Relationships
Club Drugs
Crystal Meth Anonymous: No known Wisconsin CMA meetings
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

National Eating Disorders Association

Overeaters Anonymous

Mayo Clinic: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

Eating Disorder Recovery Tips and Self-Help 

Emergency Rooms

UW Hospitals and Clinics
: 608-262-2398 | 600 Highland Ave. | Bus routes: 2, 9, 11, 28, 38, 44, 80
Meriter Hospital
: 608-267-6206
 | 202 S. Park St. | Bus routes: 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 27, 44, 47, 48, 85
St. Mary's Hospital: 608-258-6800 | 707 S. Mills St. | Bus routes: 4, 5, 13, 44, 47, 48
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital: 608-280-7012 | 2500 Overlook Terr. | Bus routes: 2, 9, 11, 44
St. Mary's Sun Prairie Emergency Center: 608-229-8484 | 2840 O'Keeffe Ave.

Gambling Issues

Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling 

National Council on Problem Gambling

Gamblers Helpline, Wisconsin: 800-GAMBLE-5 (426-2535) (24 hrs.)

National Problem Gambling Helpline: 800-522-4700

Gamblers Anonymous

Online resources

NORC Self-Test for Gambling Problems
Gam-Anon: Self-help for those close to a problem gambler

LGBTQ Resources

LGBT Campus Center: 608-265-3344 | lgbt@studentlife.wisc.edu

OutReach: 608-255-8582 | Madison's LGBT community center

  • GenderWellness: Proactive health information for gender-diverse individuals
  • The Directory: LGBT organizations and LGBT-friendly businesses in the Madison area

The Trevor Project: 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) (24 hrs.) | Crisis and suicide prevention helpline for GLBTQ youth

GLBT National Help Center: 888-843-4564 | Peer counseling available via phone and online chat

LGBT Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors (Pandora's Project)

Mental Health (General)

UHS Mental Health Crisis Services: 608-265-5600 (select option 9) Contact UHS 24 hours a day if you or a UW-Madison student is experiencing a mental health emergency. Calls are answered first by a receptionist, who may then page a UHS counselor.

Journey Mental Health Center Emergency Services Unit: 608-280-2600 (24 hrs.)

Formerly Mental Health Center of Dane County. Available to all Dane County residents.

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital: 608-280-7084
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-TALK (8255) (Press 1)
PTSD services for veterans: 608-280-7084

NAMI Dane County: 608-249-7188

Recovery Dane: 608-237-1661

Wisconsin Psychiatric Association

Books

When Panic Attacks (David Burns)
An Unquiet Mind (Kay Redfield Jamison): Memoir of a psychiatry professor and director of Johns Hopkins Mood Disorder Center who also has severe bipolar-I disorder. Interview.

Online resources

National Institue of Mental Health
Half of Us: College-focused support for multiple mental health issues
Crazyboards.org: Support forums -- non-religious, pro-medication, pro-therapy
Crazy Meds User-generated information and forums on psychiatric and neurological medications
Psych Central Forums: Free registration required; moderated by mental health professionals

Military and Veterans Resources

UW-Madison Veteran Services and Military Assistance

Online resources

Veterans Peer Support line (Hopeline Suicide Prevention): 877-VET-2-VET (838-2838)
Military OneSource: Stateside 800-342-9647, overseas 484-530-5908 (collect calls accepted)
DCoE for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Center: 866-966-1020  | 24 hr. support via live chat or phone with mental health staff
Military Pathways: Military and Veterans Health Resources (including hotlines)
Addictive Disorders Treatment Program (ADTP): for veterans and families
Military Sexual Trauma

Parenting Support

Canopy Center Healing and Family Support Services: 608-241-2221 | 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days/week | 1457 E. Washington Ave., Suite 102

Center for Families : 608-241-5150 | 2120 Fordem Ave., Suite 200
Parent support and information; childcare provided during support groups

Family Support and Resource Center : 608-237-7630 | 101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 201

Post-Partum Support International

Rape and Sexual Assault

If you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or one of these numbers:

Dane County Rape Crisis Center (RCC)
: 608-251-RAPE (7273) (24 hrs.)

UW Police Department (UWPD)
: 911 or 608-264-COPS (2677)
24-hour dispatcher and response team
; also criminal reporting, investigation, and legal process on the UW-Madison campus.

Madison Police Department (MPD)
: 911 or 608-266-4275

24-hour dispatcher and response team
; also criminal reporting, investigation, and legal process in the city of Madison.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
: 608-417-5916

Provides medical and forensic examinations at Meriter Hospital (near campus on Park Street) for sexual assault victims and follow-up medical services to guard against STIs and pregnancy; provides emergency contraception. SANE can coordinate with the Rape Crisis Center to make an advocate available at the time of exam.

University Health Services (UHS): 608-265-5600 (24 hrs.)
Medical: 
Comprehensive health services for victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence (and their families); treatment of injuries, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, HIV testing and counseling and screening/treatment for other STIs. UHS does not perform forensic examinations, but these are available via Meriter Hospital’s SANE program. 

Counseling: Mental health resource for UW-Madison students, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and psychiatric counseling.

Dean of Students Office: 608-263-5700
Support services for students who are victims of sexual assault, dating violence or stalking, including assistance with academic concerns, safety plans, relocation, and accessing the student discipline process.

Online resources

After A Sexual Assault: A Handbook (PDF)
RAINN: The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Perspectives on Acquaintance Rape (American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress)
LGBT Rape and Sexual Abuse Survivors (Pandora's Project)
Military Sexual Trauma

Sexual Addiction

Sex Addicts Anonymous Self-Help

The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health

Sexaholics Anonymous

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous

For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior:


  • S-Anon: 800-210-8141 (limited hours)
  • COSA: 12-Step recovery support

Suicide Prevention

UHS Mental Health Crisis Services: 608-265-5600 (select option 9)
Contact UHS 24 hours a day if you or a UW-Madison student is experiencing a mental health emergency. Calls are answered first by a receptionist, who may then page a UHS counselor.

Journey Mental Health Center Emergency Services Unit: 608-280-2600
Available to all Dane County residents.

Survivors of Suicide Support: 608-280-2600 (24 hr. emergencies) | 608-280-2435 (confidential voicemail)
Available to any Dane County resident affected by a suicide death.
Email: vicki.westrich@journeymhc.org

National resources

Hopeline: 800-SUICIDE (784-2433) | 800-442-HOPE (4673)

  • Veterans peer support: 877-VET-2-VET (838-2838)
  • Spanish-speaking: 800-784-2432
  • Teen-to-Teen peer counseling: 877-968-8454
  • Graduate students: 800-472-3457
  • Post-partum depression: 800-773-6667
  • TTY: 800-799-4TTY (4889)

Live chat crisis support

GLBT

Military

Online resources

The JED Foundation: Suicide prevention and mental health info for college students
How Not To Commit Suicide (Art Kleiner)
Suicide, the Forever Decision (Paul Quinnett): View for free online or as downloadable PDF
If you are thinking about suicide... read this first (Martha Ainsworth)
Feeling Suicidal? How to Help Yourself

For those who want to help:

Helping a Suicidal Friend or Relative
Handling A Phone Call From A Suicidal Person

Transportation

Union Cab
: 608-242-2000 | 24-hour service, credit cards accepted

Madison Taxi: 608-255-TAXI (8294) | 24-hour service, credit cards accepted

Green Cab: 608-255-1234 | 24-hour service
Badger Cab
: 608-256-5566 | 24-hour service

SAFE Nighttime Services

  • SAFEride Bus
    80 (Memorial Union/Eagle Heights) | 81 (Lakeshore/Langdon-Johnson) | 82 (Regent-Breese/Bedford-Broom)
  • SAFEwalk: 608-262-5000 | Free two-person walking escorts throughout campus

Urgent and Immediate Care Facilities

Dean East: 608-250-1525 | 1821 S. Stoughton Rd. | Bus routes: 37, 39
Dean West: 608-250-1525 | 752 N. High Point Rd. | 
Bus routes: 15
UW Health East Towne: 
608-242-6855 | 4122 East Towne Blvd. | 
Bus routes: 6, 20, 30
UW Health West Towne: 608-828-7603 | 7102 Mineral Point Rd. | Bus routes: 15, 16, 73