Coping Tools

Self-help and crisis resources for coping with stress, anxiety, and other concerns. 

Reach a licensed mental health professional by phone outside of our regular hours of operation by calling CPS at (212) 854-2878. Follow the prompts to be connected to a counselor.

Sexual Violence Response offers 24/7 support 365 days a year via the SVR Helpline at 212-854-HELP (4357).

For resources specific to managing concerns around COVID-19, visit our Coping with COVID-19 resource page.

Beyond resources in Columbia Health and on campus, there are many helpful resources available online and in the greater NYC community.

Crisis Help

What: Available 24/7. Speak with a professional or peer counselor for confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, suicide prevention, crisis support, and help accessing mental health and substance abuse care.

Chat online

Call: 1-888-NYC-WELL or 1-888-692-9355

Text: Text WELL to 65173


  • English: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
  • Press 2 Call 711 (Relay Service for Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
  • Español: 1-888-692-9355, Press 3
  • 中文: 1-888-692-9355, Press 4 I
  • Interpreters are available for 200+ languages.

What: Provides crisis intervention for students age 25 and under identifying as LGBTQ. Support on a variety of issues affecting emotional well-being, whether or not concerns are directly related to identifying as LGBTQ.

Call: 1-866-488-7386. Available 24/7.

Chat online: Available 7 days/ week from 3pm-10pm EST.

Text: TREVOR to 202-304-1200. Available Monday-Friday, 3-10pm EST

What: 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: Text HOME to 741741


What: Available 24/7. Free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Call: 1-800-273-8355

TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Chat online:

What: Available 24/7/365.  SAHMSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Resources) Disaster Distress Helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, pandemic (including COVID-19) etc.

Call: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)

TTY: 1-800-846-8517


(English) Text TalkWithUs to 66746

(español) SMS Hablanos al 66746

What: Available 24/7/365. Speak with someone for high quality, responsive information, and referral throughout New York State for individuals experiencing substance abuse and problems with gambling. Offered through the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). Toll-free and confidential.

Call: 1-877-8-HOPENY or 1-877-8-467369

Text: Text HOPENY to 467369


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Bengali
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Haitian-Creole
  • Korean
  • Russian

National Domestic Violence Hotline

What: Available 24/7, confidential and free. Highly-trained advocates are available to talk/chat confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.


Call: 1-800-799-7233

Text: LOVEIS to 22522



  • English
  • Spanish

National Sexual Assault Hotline

What: Available 24/7, confidential and free. Phone and online chat for survivors and their loved ones. 


Call: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) 



  • English
  • Spanish

Sanctuary for Families Safety Plan

What: A safety plan (a set of steps one can take to reduce the risk of harm in unsafe situations with an abuser or family member) designed with changes in the current environments due to coronavirus in mind.



  • English
  • Spanish

The StrongHearts Native Helpline

What: Available daily, 7am-10pm CT. A safe domestic violence and dating violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy. 


Call: 1−844-762-8483

Trans Lifeline

What:  Available 24/7. A peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.


Call: 1-877-565-8860

What: Available Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST. Get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.


Call: 1-855- 4A-PARENT (1-855-427-2736)

Resources for Specific Concerns and Life Skills

CBT-i Coach


What: Provides tools to improve sleep habits and prevent future insomnia, as well as access to educational materials about proper sleep hygiene.

Note: This app is not meant to be used as a substitute for psychological services but rather as an additional resource to augment ongoing treatment.

Download CBTi-Coach on the App Store
Download CBT-i Coach on Google Play

PTSD Coach


What: Provides support to people struggling with the aftereffects of trauma by educating users about trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It also provides tools to identity, track, and manage trauma symptoms.

Although some information specifically addresses veterans specifically, educational information and tools for tracking and managing PTSD symptoms are suitable for many people who have experienced a wide range of traumatic events.

Note: This app is not a substitute for psychological services but rather as an additional resource to augment ongoing treatment. While the app suggests some people may wish to wait to see if their trauma symptoms improve before seeking professional help, we believe that in the aftermath of trauma, it is best to reach out to a mental health professional.

Sexual Violence Response offers 24/7 support 365 days a year via the SVR Helpline at 212-854-HELP (4357)
Download PTSD Coach on the App Store
Download PTSD Coach on Google Play

SMART Recovery Toolbox


What: Part of the SMART self-help program for substance abuse with influences from the 12 step model.



What: Promotes moderation management and sobriety for a variety of addictive substances and processes such as overeating, gambling, sexual compulsion.


This app is not available on Google Play.


Download Addicaid on the App Store

Focus Keeper


What: Uses the Pomodoro Method to help students who have trouble organizing their tasks, sustaining attention and/or managing work-related anxiety.

Download Focus Keeper on the App Store
Download Focus Keeper on Google Play

Eating Recovery Center

Website: Eating Recovery

What: Resources that can provide valuable connection and support for those struggling with and recovering from eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.

A Guide to Coping with Loss and Grief (PDF)

Columbia Health developed a bereavement guide for students mourning the loss of a loved one, due to the loss of your social and academic life on campus, or due to the loss of a sense of certainty about the future in the wake of the global pandemic.

Mindfulness Resources


What: A website with free audio and written meditations that average 10-15 minutes in length. Examples include: Affectionate Breathing, Loving-Kindness for Ourselves, Giving and Receiving Compassion, Working with Difficult Emotions, Labeling Emotions, and Forgiving Ourselves.


What: A website that presents a very simple, direct type of guided meditation for beginners, perfect for anyone getting started: focusing your attention on your breath, and nothing else, as you sit quietly.

The website provides free 2, 4, 6, 8 minute guided and 10 minute unguided meditations.

Insight Timer


What: Offers over 8,000 free guided meditations, 1,000 music tracks, polyphonic bells and ambient sounds, and stats/journaling to track progress.


What: Helps develop a mindful daily routine with prompts to initiate mindfulness in the morning, during the day, and at night.