Resources for Supporting Student Wellness & Mental Health in the COVID-19 Crisis

(Compiled on March 31, 2020 by Drs. David Rivera & Sara Woolf, Department of Educational & Community Programs)

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How to support each other, your students, or others who are in distress.

As you interact, be present to what is being said by employing the V-A-R method of active listening (from Active Minds:V-A-R: Validate, Appreciate, Refer®):

    1. Validate: Let the person know what they are experiencing is okay and that you are empathetic to what they are sharing. Example, “I’m sorry you are struggling right now.”
    2. Appreciate: Someone sharing a challenge is a challenge, express appreciation for their courage. Example, “Thank you for sharing with me.”
    3. Refer: You do not have to solve their issues. Refer them to appropriate support depending on the nature of the issue. Example, “Sometimes a mindfulness activity can help destress in the moment. Have you heard of” or “You might want to contact crisis text line (text 741-741), they can provide support via text in the moment at any time.”
    4. Conversations in EI (Emotional Intelligence): Coping with the COVID-19 crisis. Episode 1. This resource was created by our own Dr. John Pellitteri along with his colleagues from the International Society for Emotional Intelligence.
Queens College Resources

Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center

Knight’s Table Food Pantry

Student Life

Emergency funds via Student Services

Coronavirus: Current Semester Guidance

Corona Virus Updates and Resources

CERRU a diversity education center that provides nonviolent communication tools to bridge social differences and create a more equitable society.

    Online and virtual wellness and mental health supports

    Crisis Text Line ( Text “Home” to 741-741. Crisis Text Line and offers free, on-demand crisis counseling using text messaging as a means to improve the critically needed access to crisis counseling. Trained Crisis Counselors are available 24/7 to receive texts and respond quickly to provide support.

    National Alliance of Mental Health resource specific to coping with COVID-19

    7 Cups (

    Free supportive chats and affordable online therapy resources.

    Active Minds (

    Mental health awareness and support for young adults.

    Mental Health Apps

    Headspace; Talkspace; Calm; Moodfit; MoodMission; Insight Timer.

    A resource with recorded mindfulness meditations that you can use in class or provide to students for their use.

    The Steve Fund Knowledge Center A repository of various resources to help people understand and address mental health issues focused on students of color.

    Jed Foundation Mental Health Resource Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health. This is a comprehensive guide to understanding college student mental health.

    New York State Office of Mental Health Emotional Support LineCall 844-863-9314

    NYC WELLCall 1-888-NYC-WELL or Text “WELL” to 65173

    Filing for unemployment in New York State:

    Resources for a variety of financial assistance issues