Help for Students in Distress


We are acutely aware that time of year can be very challenging for students. If you – or someone you know – is showing signs of distress and may be at risk, we encourage you to take action and reach out. There are many resources to assist you:

Call 911/Campus Security

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger (about to hurt yourself/themselves or someone else), please call 911If you are at the Downtown Campus, you can call Campus Security at 514-398-3000. If you are at the Macdonald Campus, call 514-398-7777.

Downtown: Brown Student Services, Suite 4200 (East Wing), Tel: 514-398-3601
Mac Campus: Centennial Centre, Room 124,Tel: 514-398-7992

Downtown: Brown Student Services, Suite 5500 (West Wing), Tel: 514-398-6019

If you need help outside of university operating hours (i.e. after hours and on weekends):

  • Dial 911
  • Hospital Emergency Rooms:
    The Montreal General Hospital is the closest ER to campus (1650 Cedar Avenue, H3G 1A4, 514-934-8090). The Lakeshore General Hospital is the closest ER to Macdonald Campus (160 Stillview Avenue, Pointe-Claire, H9R 2Y2, 514-630-2225).
  • Suicide Action Montreal: 
    Suicide Action Montreal offers support services, crisis workers and monitoring for people who are at risk of committing suicide, for their friends and family and for people affected by suicide. You can access our services by dialing. All communication is available 24/7 and free of charge. 1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553) Montreal area (514) 723-4000.
  • McGill Students’ Nightline: 514-398-6246
  • Empower Me:
    Part of the SSMU, PGSS and MCSS supplemental health plans. Call 1 (844) 741-6389 (toll-free) from anywhere in North America to be directly connected to the Empower Me Clinical Response Center. Call PsyMontreal 514 337-2473, ext. 0.​
    For more information:​
    Grad Students