For urgent mental health concerns, call 212-854-2878
Columbia Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional wellbeing of the Columbia community by providing wrap-around services and resources including, individual counseling and referrals, support groups, and coping tools.
To schedule an appointment with a counselor, contact:
- For students within the United States looking to schedule a new virtual appointment, please call 212-854-2878 (available Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- For students residing outside the United States interested in counseling services, click here and use "Columbia University" as your student code when logging in.
CPS is offering drop-in virtual support spaces open to any student, anywhere, throughout the semester. These sessions are focused on specific areas and interest groups, including around issues of race and ethnicity, gender identity and expression, trauma, mindfulness, first generation students, and men's and women's health.
Beyond resources within Columbia Health and on campus, there are many helpful resources available online and in the greater NYC community. Learn more about tools for self-help and crisis resources for coping with stress, anxiety, and other concerns. Access Coping Tools
Columbia Public Safety (24/7):
Dial 99 on-campus
Mount Sinai St Luke's Hospital:
Mount Sinai St Luke's Emergency Room:
Mount Sinai St Luke's Psychiatry Emergency Room:
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health, and substance misuse support, information, and referral. You can reach the toll-free helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, text, and online chat. Mental health professionals there can link you to the services you need.
Text “WELL” to 651-73.
Crisis Text Line
Connect with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. Available 24/7.
Text HOME to 741741
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Available 24/7.
Chat online: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat
- Alice! Health Promotion
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Disability Services
- Gay Health Advocacy Project
- Medical Services
- Sexual Violence Response
If you are not feeling well, please call and speak with a Nurse before coming to the office.
After Hours Clinician-on-Call: 212-854-9797
In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 or contact your nearest emergency room.
Visit Ask Alice!, Columbia University’s health Q&A site managed by health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals.
Office of the University Chaplain
Columbia University’s Office of the University Chaplain designs and sponsors a variety of programs on justice, faith, and spirituality for campus groups of all sizes. The office fosters learning and personal growth through spiritual, ethical, religious, political, and cultural exchange.
Counseling & Psychological Services
The social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists at CPS may be especially good matches for students with religious or spiritual concerns as well as for students who wish to see a counselor with a specific interest in the intersection of psychotherapy and spirituality. Learn more.
The Columbia Recovery Coalition (RC) is a recognized undergraduate student group serving the entire Columbia community, including Barnard and all graduate schools. RC currently hosts two meetings per week and posts daily articles, videos, and other posts on Facebook that are related to different types of recovery.
Monday nights: Weekly RC Meetings
**Only available in fall and spring**
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lewisohn 308a
Open meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Friday nights: Campus Beginner’s AA Meeting
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Earl Hall, Rm. 102 (changes each semester).
For more questions or information, email [email protected].
Lawyer Assistance Program
LAP provides education and confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law school students, and immediate family members who are affected by substance abuse, stress, depression, or other mental health issues. Its goal is to assist in the prevention, early identification, and intervention of problems that can affect professional conduct and quality of life.
NYC-Based Addiction and Recovery Services
- Alcohol abuse or addiction
- Narcotics abuse or addiction
- Gambling problem
- Sex addiction
- If you are being affected by someone else’s drinking
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information and Referral Services
- Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS): 518-434-0439
- NYCWell: 888-NYC-WELL
- Drug Strategies: 845-247-5704
- 24-hour addiction hotline: 800-407-7295
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Referral Helpline: 800-662-HELP (4357)
University Ombuds Office
A confidential resource that helps clarify university policy and procedure; resolve conflicts; and advise students, staff, and faculty.
University Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students
Columbia University is committed to maintaining a community based on trust and civility in which the personal dignity of each member is respected. This policy applies when someone alleges that a Columbia University student engaged in gender-based misconduct. If you have questions about the policy or who to turn to for support or advice, or are trying to think through a difficult issue, contact Yadira Ramos-Herbert.
You can also reach out directly to a number of resources both on and off campus.
Two basic kinds of incidents may require review and, in some cases, discipline:
- Complaints by an individual student against a questionable form of academic treatment or involvement by a faculty member.
- Behavior or uses of language that appear to step beyond the established bounds of academic decorum and appear to threaten or arbitrarily dismiss either a collective group in our midst or seriously undermine basic understandings and recognized standards of conduct within our community.
For certain types of behavior, such as gender-based misconduct, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at [email protected] or 212-854-5511.
Issues with Students
For concerns about Law students, contact the Dean of Students. For concerns about students outside of the Law School, contact the Dean of Student Affairs for that student’s school. Student Services can help you navigate this process.
Suspected Maltreatment of a Minor
If you suspect child abuse or maltreatment involving a minor (under the age of 18 in New York state), call the New York State Child Abuse & Maltreatment Hotline (800-342-3720) and notify Public Safety (Morningside: 212-854-5555; CUMC: 212-305-7979).
Fitness: Visit the Dodge Fitness Center to learn about membership, hours, and athletics facilities.
Work/life balance: Learn about family resources available through the Office of Work/Life.
Dave Nee Foundation
The foundation is a nonprofit corporation that aims to fight depression and prevent suicide by promoting and encouraging the diagnosis and treatment of depression among adolescents, young adults, and law students.
Lawyers with Depression
Dan Lukasik created the first website and blog of its kind in the country to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with and heal from depression. He is a managing partner at the law firm of Bernhardi Lukasik PLLC in Buffalo, listed in the publications Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and The Buffalo Law Journal’s Who’s Who in Law as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Buffalo.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Emergency Responder Tips for Taking Care of Yourself (CDC) (link is external and opens in a new window)
- Managing Anxiety and Stress (CDC)(link is external and opens in a new window)
- Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic(link is external and opens in a new window)
- What Workers and Employers Can Do to Manage Workplace Fatigue during COVID-19(link is external and opens in a new window)
Uniformed Services University – Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
American Psychiatric Association
- APA Resources for Providers, Families and Healthcare Leaders(link is external and opens in a new window)
American Psychological Association
- Seven Research Findings that can help People Deal with COVID-19(link is external and opens in a new window)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Protecting your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak(link is external and opens in a new window)
Interviews and blogs from Columbia faculty
- Coping with Anxiety and Stress in the Age of Coronavirus (featuring Anne Marie Albano, PhD) (link is external and opens in a new window)
- Mental Health First Aid for First Responders (Deborah Glasofer, PhD)(link is external and opens in a new window)
Coalition to End Social Isolation & Loneliness
- Social Isolation & Loneliness During COVID-19(link is external and opens in a new window)
- How to Stay Connected During Physical Distancing(link is external and opens in a new window)