American University of Beirut

Crisis Services

If you feel you may need immediate assistance due to being in crisis, the Counseling Center provides urgent services. Some examples of crisis and extreme urgency:

  • Thoughts, impulses, or stated intent to hurt oneself or others
  • Pervasive thoughts of death or wanting to end your life
  • Death of a loved one
  • Sexual or physical assault, stalking, threats, or relationship violence

 If you are experiencing such symptoms at times when the Counseling Center is closed, please refer to the 24-hour Emergency Room in AUBMC +961-1-350000 (Ext. 6600 / 6616 / 6617) that caters to mental health emergencies or call the Lebanese National lifeline 1564.​ 


Mental health hospitalization happens after a thorough assessment by the clinician. Admission to the hospital is a voluntary act, meaning the student agrees to a higher level of intensive treatment and agrees to the procedure we follow to ensure his/her safety.

Confidentiality is also highly maintained at the level of the hospital and any formal disclosure of information would only happen after the students' consent. Students need to expect that the Dean of Student Affairs and the Counseling Center will be informed if he/she is transported to the university hospital, but any further information is only released with students' permission. ​​​

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