Phone: 805-756-2511
Fax:     805-756-6525

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM | M-F
Building 27

Urgent and Same Day Services

Many of our services are available within a few days, but if you need to talk to someone more urgently, reach out and we'll connect with you today!  Call our crisis line anytime to speak with a counselor, get support, and make a plan for next steps.   

805-756-2511 (24-7 crisis line)


When should I call the crisis line? 

You may be thinking about suicide, or injuring yourself or someone else. 

You may be experiencing a panic attack and unsure what to do. 

You may be the target of stalking, abuse, or assault. 

You are unable to take care of your basic needs – eating, sleeping, bathing. 

You may have experienced a traumatic event like a hate crime or a car accident. 

You are worried about a friend and don't know how to support them, or they have disclosed information to you that you don't know how to handle. 

You are experiencing distress and need to talk to a professional to sort out what your options are. 


At Cal Poly Counseling Services: 

  • Call us at 805-756-2511 and tell the front desk that you need to speak to a counselor urgently.   After hours, follow the prompts to select option 2 to speak with a counselor. 
  • Come to our office and let the front desk know you need to speak to a counselor urgently.  Our services are provided either in-person or remotely via HIPAA-compliant zoom or phone.  If you are meeting virtually with any provider and don't have private space at home, we have safe, private spaces you can reserve in our building to have appointments.  Call us to reserve a space. 


Local and National Services – available 24/7: 

  • Call the local crisis hotline, Central Coast Hotline: 800-783-0607.  
  • Text START to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.  Available 24/7 in the U.S. (No charge for most plans; may not be accessible on pre-paid phones. Or visit the crisis line for more information.) 
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
  • Call the Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ+ young adults)  
  • Call the Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860 
  • Call the Nurse Response Line: 888-439-2012 
  • Call 911 - any Emergency Services or Police Department that responds can help you, including the Cal Poly Police Department.  For a general non-emergency where police assistance might still be needed, call University Police Department at 805-756-2281.


If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else, go to the nearest ER


Dignity Health: French Hospital Medical Center 
1911 Johnson Ave 
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center 
1010 Murray Ave 
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 



San Luis Obispo County Mental Health Services 
2178 Johnson Ave 
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital 
Center for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health 
400 W. Pueblo Street 
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 


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