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Wellness Resources

“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” — Lisa Olivera

Student Wellness Counselor at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
Sherry Adams is a licensed social worker available to provide virtual counseling to students at this time.  Sherry is also available to assist students in identifying and accessing their neighborhood-specific resources.  Please email to schedule an appointment: Sherry.adams@sph.cuny.edu

NYC Health Guidelines on coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks

CDC Guidelines for coping with stress and anxiety related to COVID-19

SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) Hotline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline

CUNY Tax-Levy Employee Assistance Program
For faculty and staff experiencing heightened anxiety, CUNY’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is available to help. CUNY’s EAP may be reached at 1-866-327-2400.

Research Foundation Employees Assistance Program
For help with feelings of stress or anxiety about these events, contact RFCUNY’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Provides online emergency support to students during COVID-19. Offers referrals available in your community related to health, food, housing, transportation, and childcare.

NYC Human Resources Administration
Apply for Medicaid, cash assistance, SNAP, and childcare assistance at these HRA sites that also assist individuals in securing jobs.

New York State Unemployment Insurance

MEDICAL RESOURCES (including for uninsured or underinsured)

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene COVID-19 Updates
To get regular updates on the latest developments regarding coronavirus in New York City, text COVID to 692-692. For updates in Spanish, text COVIDESP to 692-692. You will receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments.

NYC Health + Hospitals
Network of hospitals in New York City that provide care despite patients insurance status and assists in getting patients connected to insurance.
Call for an appointment: 1-844-NYC-4NYC

Veteran’s Health Administration


Food Bank NYC
Operates food pantries and soup kitchens, and directs you to SNAP enrollment sites. Visit website for most up to date information:

Meals for public school students
The week of March 15th there will be grab-and-go meals for students at every New York City Public School. The meals will be available at the schools’ start time. Visit schools.nyc.gov for most up to date information.


Safe Horizon
Provides support for survivors of intimate partner violence through a 24-hour hotline 800-621-HOPE (4673), and comprehensive family justice centers in each borough.  Please call 911 for emergencies.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Text LOVEIS to 22522

Lists shelters for women, men, and families by city and state.  Please see website for most up to date information:


National Association of School Psychologists guidance on talking to children about COVID-19 (in multiple languages)

Guardian article on families emotionally preparing for quarantine

Internet providers providing free Wifi during COVID-19 response

NYC Children
Resources are available to provide support to overwhelmed parents. Call 311 and ask for parenting support.  Also additional information and phone numbers for The Administration for Children and Family Services can be found at this website.