COVID-19 Wellness Resources

Effective March 19 and until further notice, CUNY SPH essential personnel will be on campus on Thursdays from 8am – 6pm, and operating remotely on other weekdays. If you need to pick up or drop off equipment or materials on Thurdays, please email to schedule a specific date and time, and make sure your appointment is confirmed before coming to campus.

If you wish to reach a CUNY SPH faculty member or staff person, please email them. You can refer to our faculty directory or staff directory to find email addresses.

Below is a list of wellness resources relating to COVID-19 that students, faculty, and staff may find helpful.

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


Mental Wellness Resources

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:

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).

ThriveNYC’s guide to mental health resources for New Yorkers

New York State’s Office of Mental Health’s COVID-19 Resources
OMH Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.

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

Self-Harm Crisis Text Line
Text CONNECT to 741741

International OCD Foundation guidance on coping with COVID-19

National Sexual Assault Hotline
24/7 support for survivors of sexual violence
1800-656-HOPE (6573

NYC WELL Mental Health Referral and Crisis Resource
Text WELL to 65173
Call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
Chat on the website

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Text HELP to 741741
Call 1-800-273-8255
Chat on the website

The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQIA+ Support)
Text START to 678678
Chat on the website

International mental health support hotlines and helplines by country



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 for most up to date information.


Financial Resources

New York State Department of Labor
The DOL lists who is covered under the Pandemic Unemployment Act.

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

Find help with food, money, housing, work and more by visiting this website to find out which services you’re eligible for.
211 is United’s Way national phone number for callers to speak with a Community Resource Specialist and get linkages to a variety of essential resources (including food, housing, childcare, healthcare, and other needs related to COVID-19 challenges) .  Visit the website for additional information and details about how to connect with services in your area.


Intimate Partner Violence Support

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


Parent/Family Resources

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.


Emergency Housing

List of shelters for women, men, and families by city and state


Legal Resources

Law Enforcement Bureau of the NYC Commission on Human Rights
If you are being harassed due to your race, nationality, and/or other identity (or perceived identity) you can file a discrimination complaint with the Law Enforcement Bureau of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Call 311 or (718) 722-3131. The office is located at 22 Reade Street in lower Manhattan.

OVS can provide a range of concrete and supportive services after a crime has occurred.
Please reach out if you are someone you know has been relocated and/or is being held against their will.