Mclean Hospital

Emergency Care


Like a heart attack or a bad fall, sometimes mental health requires emergency attention. If you or a loved one are in crisis, McLean Hospital is here to help.

Please call Admissions at 800.333.0338 if you or your loved one needs urgent psychiatric care.

If you are suicidal or are a danger to yourself to others, please call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest emergency room immediately.

Emergency Care

McLean offers short-term inpatient care for individuals in need of acute crisis stabilization. For most psychiatric services, you need a referral from a psychiatrist, therapist, or crisis team before coming to McLean (though for certain services, self-referral is possible).

Please call Admissions at 800.333.0338 before coming to McLean to find out the necessary procedure based on your needs.

Acute care at McLean is appropriate for individuals who:

  • Are having suicidal thoughts
  • Fear that they may be a danger to themselves or someone else
  • Require detoxification from drugs or alcohol
  • Have depression or anxiety that prevents them from functioning at home, work, or school
  • Are hallucinating or experiencing extreme paranoia
  • Are having thoughts that are expansive and grandiose but are not their own
  • Have people telling them that they are scared and worried about their emotional state or their behavior

If you are currently in crisis and cannot wait for your therapist or psychiatrist to facilitate an admission, please go to the closest hospital emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Admission Process

When you arrive at our Belmont or Middleborough campus, the first step is a diagnostic psychiatric evaluation to further assess your need for hospital care. If hospitalization is needed, we will identify which of our programs is best suited to meet your needs. The goal of all of our acute care programs is to stabilize patients in crisis and facilitate continuing care at McLean or in your community.

More information on this process can be found in the Guide to Arriving at McLean Hospital, a copy of which will be provided to you when you arrive at McLean.

Suicide Prevention

Talking about suicide is the best way to prevent it. Although it is not possible to predict suicide with any certainty, our best tool is recognition of the signs that many people exhibit when contemplating suicide. The following three behaviors should prompt you to seek immediate help for you or a loved one:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

If you or someone you know needs help: