Healthy CUNY

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Healthy CUNY is a university-wide initiative that seeks to ensure that all CUNY students can reach their full health and academic potential.  By reducing health-related barriers to educational achievement, Healthy CUNY works with partners inside and outside of CUNY to promote health; enhance existing policies, programs and services; and foster a culture of health within CUNY.

Since 2007, Healthy CUNY has been working with CUNY students, faculty, staff, and officials as well as community organizations and city agencies. Together, we conduct research and take action to:

  • Reduce food insecurity and hunger;
  • Assist students experiencing problems like depression, anxiety and stress to get appropriate help;
  • Facilitate enrollment in health insurance;
  • Increase access to reproductive and sexual health services; and
  • End tobacco use on CUNY campuses.

Healthy CUNY sponsors health communications campaigns; advocates for policies and  programs that promote the well-being of the CUNY community; prepares CUNY students to become Health Ambassadors who bring information and resources to campuses, peers, families and communities; and conducts research and evaluation studies to provide evidence that can contribute to improving the health of young adults at CUNY and other urban universities.

Mental Health:
One of Healthy CUNY’s current priority areas is mental health. Anxiety and depression are both common among college students, and here’s where to get help on CUNY Campuses, and in New York City:

Click Here to Find Your Campus Counseling Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline

1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638)
In Spanish: 877-AYUDESE (877.298.3373)
Free, confidential, 24/7 help and referrals for mental health, substance abuse, and crisis prevention services

Crisis Text Line
Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis:
Text START to 741-741
In case of emergency call 911

More Useful Links for CUNY Counseling 

For more information about Healthy CUNY or any of our initiatives, contact us at

Take a look at a video to encourage students to seek counseling when they need it:

Healthy CUNY Reports:

Promoting Health for Academic Success: An Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities at City University of New York

A Healthy CUNY Policy Brief: The Rationale for Improving Campus Food Environments in order to Improve the Health of the CUNY Community

Improving Food and Beverage Environments, Policies and Choices at CUNY

Food and Beverages Served at CUNY Meetings, March, 2012

Food Meeting Executive Summary, September 8, 2011

Tobacco Use at CUNY, September 19, 2011

Water Fountains at CUNY, September 17, 2011

Beverage Vending Machines at CUNY, October, 2011

What’s For Lunch at CUNY?


For more Information:

More information, and additional resources, are available here.