Counseling and Wellness Services

Student Wellness Counselor

CUNY SPH is pleased to announce that Sherry Adams, LCSW, has joined the staff as a Student Wellness Counselor. Sherry has over 12 years of experience in the field of social work.

Student Counseling Services

Students seeking counseling sessions may contact Sherry Adams for free and confidential individual and group counseling sessions. To make an appointment, please do one of the following:

After Hours Services

For students in the U.S. please use the following 24/7 resources for after-hours support:

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

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Text HELP to 741741
Call 1-800-273-8255

The Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQIA+ Support)
Text START to 678678

For international students please see the list of international mental health support hotlines and helplines by country:

Upcoming Fall 2020 Student Wellness Events


Students for Racial Justice Support Group
Hosted by Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams

Tuesdays (starting 9/22)  |  5pm  |  Virtual

The extrajudicial killing of George Floyd inspired an impactful global movement focused on justice for Mr. Floyd, police reforms, and racial justice for Black people. We acknowledge the trauma of witnessing unarmed Black people being killed by police. We acknowledge the difficulty (particularly for the Black community) of addressing two public health crises simultaneously – systemic racism and COVID-19. We acknowledge the stress related to protesting in the streets (including continued police violence and other health risks). We acknowledge the emotional and social challenges of doing antiracism work. We acknowledge that self-care is crucial as we engage in activism on the ground and/or from our homes. With great respect, we offer an open, weekly, virtual support group for SPH students promoting racial justice. The goal is to make connections through sharing experiences in a supportive environment where stress can be managed. If you would like more information and/or are interested in joining please email Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at sherry.adams@sph.cuny.eduPlease note that for students outside of New York State the Student Wellness Counselor will provide you with referrals in your area.


Essential Workers Support Group
Hosted by Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams

Thursdays (starting 9/24)  |  8pm  |  Virtual

Essential workers are employees who are (or were recently) tasked with working outside of the home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Essential workers are providing invaluable services to society as we navigate the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. It is with great gratitude and respect that we offer this open weekly virtual support group for essential workers. The goal of the group is to establish connections through sharing experiences and to engage in mutual emotional support. Resource sharing will also be encouraged. If you would like more information and/or are interested in joining please email Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at Please note that for students outside of New York State the Student Wellness Counselor will provide you with referrals in your area.


National Suicide Prevention Month Event
Wednesday, September 30  |  3pm  |  Virtual  |  RSVP

Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams will offer a virtual presentation on suicide and depression awareness and resources, followed by Q & A, and ending with a candle lighting and silent vigil to remember those who died by suicide. If you would like more information and/or are interested in joining this event, please email Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at sherry.adams@sph.cuny.eduIf you are someone you know is considering suicide please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or visit to chat.



National Depression Screening Day
Thursday, October 8

Screening is an important tool in preventing and mitigating the effects of illness. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses.  If you think you may be showing signs of depression please take Mental Health America’s free, confidential, screening by clicking on the title link above.  On this day Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams will be available to provide follow-up support. Please email her at on National Depression Screening Day (October 8th) to request a same day appointment.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Week of Action
October 12 – 16

A series of events will be held to raise awareness, offer resources and support for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their loved ones especially during the physical distancing and social isolation of COVID-19.

You Are Not Alone: Intimate Partner Violence and the Virtual Campus
Rescheduled from October 14 to a new date that is TBD.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Office of Student Wellness will reschedule this event originally planned for 10/14. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please look out for communication on the rescheduled date and time. We are committed to bringing this vital information and conversation to the SPH community during this National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility. Please direct any questions, concerns, or need for support to Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at

Stand Up to Street Harrassment
Tuesday, October 13  |  5pm  |  Register

In this free 1 hour training provided by Hollaback!, SPH students, faculty and staff will learn actions they can take to care for each other and themselves if they witness or experience street harassment. Please register in advance for this webinar.


Stress Management for the Holidays
Tuesday, October 27  |  3pm  |  Virtual

This live interactive webinar facilitated by Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams will validate a range of emotions and review the use of adaptive coping strategies related to the holidays (e.g., Milad un Nabi, Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve/Day, etc.). Special attention will be paid to the context of culture and family expectations given social distancing requirements of COVID-19. If you would like more information and/or are interested in joining this event, please email Student Wellness Counselor Sherry Adams at



National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 15 – 22

As part of their Fair Food Program, members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will join us for “Fair Food in the Time of COVID” a virtual presentation on organizing for fair wages and protection from abusive and exploitative labor abuses for farm workers during COVID. Come learn from workers who provide food for so many how you can support this campaign. Deborah Dickerson of Picture the Homeless (PTH) will share their efforts to ensure affordable housing for the most marginalized during COVID19.  She will be joined by Lynn Lewis curator of the PTH Oral History Project. Come and hear the voices of New Yorkers currently or formerly without permanent or stable housing who have given years of their lives, through some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable, to make NYC a better place for all of us. Details to follow.



World AIDS Day
Tuesday, December 1

Book talk with Elena Schwolsky sharing insights from her memoir, Waking in Havana: A Memoir of AIDS and Healing in Cuba. Ms. Schwolsky, now retired from public health practice, chronicles her experience living in Havana and working at the AIDS Sanatorium in the mid-90’, caring for her husband who died of AIDS complications and working as a pediatric AIDS nurse in the U.S. She will touch upon the contrasting responses of Cuba and the U.S. to the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics. Details to follow.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Thursday, December 3

In collaboration with the CUNY SPH Alumni Network, Catarina Rivera (CUNY SPH-Hunter College, 2016) aka @BlindishLatina and co-founder of Chicas Talk Disability, will share her experience smashing stigma associated with disabilities and engaging people with disabilities in a network of mutual support through dialogue and action. Details to follow.


International Human Rights Day
Thursday, December 10

We have invited a very special guest, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, to share with us her thoughts on protecting the world’s health during several pandemics.  In this webinar, Dr. Mofokeng brings her expertise advocating for universal health access, HIV care, youth friendly services and family planning to the SPH community. Details to follow.


Stay tuned as other events may be added.

Coping During COVID-19

The CDC has provided guidance on ways to cope with stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Find more COVID-19 related wellness resources here.