In addition to the COVID-19 crisis, there are many challenges students may face. The dedicated staff in the Counseling and Wellness Center are ready to help you navigate these challenges. Below are some resources offering support for students who need immediate assistance:
Immunization Record Compliance
The Office of Counseling and Wellness is responsible for collecting and maintaining student immunization records. Prior to the first day of class, students must provide documentation that proves they have received the required immunizations. In order to maintain Department of Health compliance, the office is responsible for following up with students who do not submit their medical records. Copies of medical records can be provided to students who have graduated or are transferring.
Mental Health Resources: New York
National Alliance on Mental Illness, NYC Helpline: Find help navigating NYC’s mental health system and receive referrals for mental health services, housing, and legal assistance.
Hotline Number: 212.684.3264
NYC Well: Search the NYC database for behavioral health and substance misuse services. Students have the option to filter results by program focus, age, payment information, and borough.
Additionally, speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance misuse services, in more than 200 languages. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with someone in crisis and help with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol misuse.
Hotline Number: 1.888.692.9355
Hotline Number for Deaf & Hard of Hearing: 711
Text: Text “WELL” to 65173
NYC Youthline: The NYC Youthline is staffed by trained “listeners” between the ages of 16-24, gives callers information on nearby youth programs and provides crisis intervention services in 152 different languages and for deaf and hard of hearing.
Hotline Number: 800.246.4646
HITE: Connecting New Yorkers with free and low-cost health and social services. Students have the option to browse services by education and employment, financial assistance, food assistance, health care and medicine, hotlines, housing and homeless services, immigrant support, mental health and substance use, social supports and services, youth and family services.
General Resources: Health, Substance Use and Sexual Health
Go Ask Alice!: Go Ask Alice! is an online Q&A Internet resource provided by Columbia University for both students and the general public with questions or curiosity about health topics. Go Ask Alice! receives about 2,000 questions per week. There are over 3,000 questions and answers in the archive. Alice! is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. The team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. They provide educational resources, statistics, research reports and facts on addiction.
OASAS Helpline (NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services): 1.877.8-HOPENY (877.846.7369)
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s treatment locator
Helplines/Hotlines (free, confidential, 24/7)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free and confidential service for anyone in emotional distress or suicidal crisis that operates 24/7/365. By dialing 1.800.273.TALK (8255), callers are routed to the nearest crisis center in a national network of 160+ crisis centers that provides counseling and mental health referrals. The Lifeline also provides life-saving crisis services through Lifeline Crisis Chat, which is available 24/7/365. The Lifeline launched in 2005 and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Crisis Text Line: Serves young people ages 13-25 in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, emotional support and information they need via a text medium. Teenagers can text in their problems to a hotline and receive text message support from counselors. Text 741-741 Type: LISTEN, 24/7
Nassau County Department of Mental Health: 1.516.227.TALK (516.227.8255)
Response Crisis Center of Suffolk County: 1.631.751.7511
Resources for Veterans
SAMHSA National Helpline: 1.800.662.HELP (1.800.662.4357)
Veterans Crisis Line
Veterans Upward Bound: free program that prepares Veterans for post-secondary education through pre-college courses, academic planning, GI Bill and financing assistance, and professional development programming.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs actively uses social media to explain its education benefits and provide updates on new opportunities. You can find instructional videos on the VA YouTube Channel and helpful posts on the VA Benefits Twitter Page and the GI Bill Facebook Page.
Resources for International Students
International Crisis Hotlines: Suicide.org’s list of suicide hotlines in other countries/languages
Befrienders Worldwide: Another international suicide resource
International Crisis Centers: International Association for Suicide Prevention
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Resources
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault
NYC Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.621.HOPE (1.800.621.4673)
New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.942.6906 (English); 1.800.942.6908 (Spanish)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (1.800.799.7233)
For those of you who are feeling unsafe at home call 800.621.HOPE (4673)
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the premier organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults. It is based in NYC.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
The Brooklyn Community Pride Center provides services and support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ community through original programming and partnerships with other organizations. Serving people across the age spectrum, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center enables our community to actively participate in positive, life-affirming activities.
New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. They offer addiction and recovery services, HIV screening and education, advocacy and opportunities for artistic collaboration and expression.
CDC LGBT Health
The CDC LGBT Health website provides information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided. Some of this information is designed for members of the general public. Other information has been developed for health care providers, public health professionals, and public health students.
Food and Housing
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making 3 free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get 3 free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.
- Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m., for adults from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- No one will be turned away at any time
- All adults and children can pick up 3 meals at one time
- Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
- No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off-premises
- Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
- No registration or ID is required
- Use the DOE Meal Hub lookup tool to find a location near you.
New York City Housing Search: A free service list to find affordable, accessible housing across New York State
New York Public Library’s List of Housing and Tenant’s Rights Resources: Find information about a wide array of housing resources available, including affordable housing, options for those experiencing homelessness, senior living, and more. Tenants can also find information on their rights and protections, including legal advice, community organization support, and more.
Covid-19 Mental Health Resources
Covid Coach: COVID Coach is a free, easy-to-use mobile application created for everyone, including Veterans and Servicemembers, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2020. The app connects you to resources to help you cope with stress, stay healthy, stay connected, and navigate parenting, caregiving, and working at home while social distancing or sheltering in place.
COVID-19: 5 Tips to Face Your Anxiety is a free digital guide designed by AllenComm and written by Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Founder of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. This free resource is designed to help those who feel anxiety and panic from the resulting uncertainty caused by the outbreak.
Mental Health America: Mental Health and Covid-19 Wellness Resources and Links
Cornell University’s Mental Health Coping Resources page: Exhaustive list of online mental health resources for self-care and coping with stress related to Covid
BIPOC Resources (for coping with ongoing racial trauma)
Mental Health Resources
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Therapy for Black Men
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
- Latinx Therapist Database
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
- Asians Do Therapy
- Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Really Going Through It Right Now
- Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma
- Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress
- Talking About Race: Self-Care
- Racial trauma is real - infographic
- Racial trauma course
- Common coping strategies
- Radical self-care in the face of mounting racial stress
- Talking about race: Self-Care
- Self-care toolkit: Healing in the face of cultural trauma
- Grief is a direct impact of racism: Ways to support yourself
- Tips for supporting each other
AAPI Anti-Hate/Community Resources
- Asian American and Pacific Islander | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Mental Health Issues facing the Asian American Community
Connect with AAPI Community Organizations in New York
- Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association
- Youth Against Displacement
- Free Saibaba Coalition
- BAYAN USA Northeast
- International League of People’s Struggles Northeast
- Migrante USA Northeast
- International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Northeast
- Red Canary Song
- Flushing Workers Center
- Mission to End Modern Slavery
- How to Support Asian American Colleagues Amid the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence
- Asian People Are Being Targeted By Racist Attacks. Here’s How You Can Be an Ally
- Show Up: Your Guide to Bystander Intervention
- America’s long history of scapegoating its Asian citizens - A starting point for AAPI history lessons
- When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus
- Asian Americans Are Still Caught in the Trap of the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. And It Creates Inequality for All