Coping Tools

Help for hard-to-manage late night or weekend distress

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).


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

Support by Text or Online Chat

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

Free Mobile Apps

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

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.

Download Insight Time on the App Store
Download Insight Timer 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

Website 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.