Urgent Mental Health Concerns drop-in

CPS drop-in offices are closed until further notice. Please call 212-854-2878 for assistance.

Last updated: March 15, 2020

Urgent Mental Health Concerns drop-in hours are available Monday through Thursday evenings throughout the academic year for students experiencing high levels of distress and in need of immediate support from a mental health professional. During drop-in, a CPS counselor will help you talk through your situation and mobilize appropriate coping strategies for the near term. If needed, your counselor will also refer you to individual therapy, support groups, a psychiatric consultation, self-help tools and/or other resources for ongoing support.

Please note that Urgent Mental Health Concerns drop-in hours are a supplementary support and are not intended to substitute for traditional counseling or other appropriate treatment options.

If you are already seeing a CPS provider it is often preferable to discuss your concerns with them, accessing Urgent Mental Health Concerns drop-in only for matters in need of immediate attention. At any time of day or night, you may also wish to visit our Coping Tools page.

Urgent Mental Health Concerns drop-in is available to all Columbia students who have paid the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee.

How to access Urgent Mental Health Concerns drop-in

Mondays—Thursdays, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

***Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in closes at 8:30PM

What to do in an emergency

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency outside of regular business hours, please call 212-854-2878, to speak with a clinician.  You may also call this number for phone support for urgent mental health concerns as an alternative to using drop-in hours

For urgent medical concerns, call 212-854-7426, available 24/7. For sexual assault, reach a survivor advocate at 212-854-HELP/4357, 911.  If you are on campus, you may also call  Columbia University Public Safety (212-854-5555 for Morningside, 212-853-3333 for Manhattanville).  

To access our on campus ambulance service, call Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (212-854-5555).  Off campus, dial 911.

In any life-threatening situation, call 911.