Psychiatric Emergencies and Mental Health Resources

Psychiatric Emergencies and Mental Health Resources



Bailey Michael Cox, Samuel J. Shroder


Presentation: 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.

Course: MED 480



The University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services (UD EMS) strives to serve the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the University. A portion of the training involves learning how to manage and assist those experiencing a mental health crisis. This study looks at the number of psychiatric emergencies that UD EMS receives on campus. Previous studies show that those psychiatric emergencies are very common among college students (Pedrelli, 2015. College students are being increasingly diagnosed with anxiety and depression than in previous years (Mcalpine, 2021. Our findings show that there is an increased number of calls during the months of November, December, January, and February. Oftentimes, the calls are related to suicidal ideations and/or suicide attempts. This study analyzes the type of calls relating to suicidal ideations and suicide attempts over the previous five years in the UD EMS’s chart database. In addition, the training used by UD EMS was evaluated to see in what ways the resources provided during these types of calls can be reformatted or altered to improve the outcomes of these emergencies. The poster will review training opportunities throughout the campus to show what resources and training are available to individuals who would like to learn more about how to properly handle mental health emergencies. This poster will also look to improve the mental health resources available on campus by assessing the need and resources already in place.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Course Project

Primary Advisor

Thomas E. Herchline

Primary Advisor's Department

Premedical Programs


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health and Well-Being

Psychiatric Emergencies and Mental Health Resources