Safety, Health and Injury Management and Wellbeing

Mental health emergency procedures

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information

Mental health emergencies


For all emergency calls phone extension 2222 (from a campus phone) or 1800 655 222 (from a public phone on campus).

If a person appears to be psychotic and is threatening violence, take the following steps.

  1. Do not get involved physically.
  2. Call the campus emergency number 6488 2222 (from a campus phone) or 1800 655 222 (from a public phone on campus).
  3. Try to create a calm, non-threatening environment – talk slowly, quietly, firmly and simply.
  4. Keep the environment free of distractions (turn off radio and reduce noise).
  5. Keep a reasonable distance. Try to get the person to sit down, side by side with you. Avoid eye contact.
  6. Do not try to reason with someone experiencing acute psychosis, remain empathetic to their distress. Remember that they may be hearing voices that are very real and frightening to them.

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