Student Health and Safety Information

Emergency and Counseling Hotline Telephone Numbers

 

Emergency Assistance

We would like to provide you with contact information for the following resources. Each of these resources exists to assist individuals in need of help, information or support. If you have any questions regarding this list, please feel free to contact the department of Administration at administration@ussa.edu.

Emergency Resources

Emergency (police, fire, and rescue):
Always dial 911 for life-threatening emergencies

24 Hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / Mental Health Crisis Lifeline
800.273.TALK (8255)
TTY Line: 800.799.4889

24 Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline
800.799.SAFE (7233)
TDD Line: 800.787.3224

Poison Control Center
800.222.1222

National Child Abuse Hotline
800.4.A.CHILD (422-4453)

Al-Anon
Helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend.
888.425.2666

The National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
Provides information, support, treatment options, and referrals to local rehab centers for any drug or alcohol problem.
800.662.HELP / 800.662.4357
TDD 800.487.4889

24 Hour National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
800.784.6776

American Social Health Association STI Resource Center

800.227.8922

CDC National AIDS Hotline / National STD Hotline
800.CDC.INFO (232-4636)

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline
888.THE.GLNH (843-4564)

Make The Connection

Prevention

Stepping in/Taking Action – Bystander intervention keeps the community safe:

  • Support and demonstrate healthy behaviors in your community: communication, respect and consent.
  • Look for signs that someone is disrespectful of other’s boundaries before an assault occurs: coercive, pressuring or aggressive behaviors are examples.
  • Speak up about acceptable and unacceptable behavior, take action to prevent violence, and report it when it does occur.
  • If something doesn’t feel right, say something and intervene.
  • Use the “three D’s” as a guide:
  • Direct access whether it is safe to intervene.
  • Delegate: call for help.
  • Distract: Make some noise after you’ve sent for help.

Sexual Violence Prevention Strategies

Sexual violence cannot always be prevented, but there are ways to protect yourself, and lower your risk of sexual violence.  Check out these tips, courtesy of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network):

Avoiding dangerous situations

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where and who is around you can assist you in avoiding a dangerous situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is difficult to seek help when there is no one around you.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you do not know where you are heading act as if you do.
  • Trust your instincts. If a location or a situation feels uncomfortable or unsafe, leave.

Getting out of an uncomfortable situation

  • Be true to yourself. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to do.  Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.
  • If you don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse.
  • Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room?  Where are the doors?  Windows?  Are there people around who might be able to help you?  Is there an emergency phone nearby?
  • If you and/or the other person have been drinking, say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment before doing anything you will regret later.