Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Mental Health

Your Mental Health Matters. Find the Support You Deserve.

Campus Resources

  • The Counseling Center
    • Provides free and confidential short-term therapeutic services to facilitate students’ personal, social and educational adjustment.
    • Recognizes that adjustment to college life can be stressful and challenging, while also being an opportunity for learning and growth.
    • Assists students by providing psychoeducational and developmentally focused programming and support services for students.
    • Serves as a consultative resource for the SUNY Cortland community.
    • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Counseling Center services will be provided by phone or video tele-counseling only. 
      • To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 607-753-4728 during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.). Our Counseling Center staff are ready and willing to support you, whether you return to campus, live in Cortland or remain at home or another location.
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Education
    • Substance Abuse Prevention and Education recognizes the adjustments students face when they embark on their academic careers. This sometimes includes moving away from family and long-time friends, to a new living and learning environment. 
    • The office exists to help students understand the connection between substance abuse and future success, to identify their individual risk factors for chemical dependency, and examine the choices they have made regarding alcohol and other drug use.
  • SUNY Cortland Campus Ministries
  • Residence Life and Housing Staff 
    • Residence life staff provides student support and programming within the residence halls to make your experience engaging and meaningful.
    • Your Resident Assistant (RA) and Residence Hall Director (RHD) are equipped to help navigate many of the obstacles that residents face while at SUNY Cortland. Our residence hall staff wants to help with roommate conflicts and any other problems with they may experience. Have your student begin by talking to the RA on their floor, or the RHD of the building.
    • Contact information for our residence life staff is available on the residence hall webpages. 
  • Health Promotion
    • The Health Promotion Office emphasizes awareness of current health issues, prevention of disease and illness, and promotion of health and wellness. The principle goal of the Health Promotion Office is to provide opportunities for members of the College community to heighten personal and community awareness concerning health issues and develop health-promoting skills and attitudes necessary to make responsible health decisions.
  • Campus Safety/ University Police Department
    • Safety starts with our University Police Department (UPD) and its 19-officer force. All are professionally trained, meet all of the standards for New York State Police officers and understand the unique nature of college life.
    • Emergency blue light phones—for rapid notification of and response to serious incidents or situations—in 27 locations across campus.
    • Monthly crime reports and campus safety reports published on the Web site.
    • A 24/7 crisis hotline to report incidences of sexual assault.

New York State and SUNY Resources

SUNY Crisis Text Line

SUNY Crisis Text Line

 Students looking to engage with a trained counselor can find support on SUNY's Crisis Text Line. The 24/7 service provides a confidential way to reach out when you are experiencing difficult feelings such as loneliness, stress and depression, or having thoughts of suicide.

Counselors are trained to build rapport and trust. They can help texters explore their issues, determine their goals and come up with solutions.    

To reach out, simply text Got5U to 741-741.  

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NY Project Hope

NY Project Hope helps New Yorkers understand their reactions and emotions during COVID-19. Through an emotional support helpline, educational materials, and trusted referrals, NY Project Hope helps people manage and cope with changes brought on by COVID-19.

NY Project Hope Crisis Counselors understand what you are going through. Talking to them is free, confidential, and anonymous. Talk to someone who is trained, knowledgeable and never judges. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone you don’t know.

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Peer-to-Peer Assistance Hotline

Middle Earth is a secure student-staffed hotline that connects students in need with peer counselors who are trained to help. Peer counselors can assess a caller’s well-being, and if necessary, link students to appropriate mental health services. Students do not need to be in crisis to use this hotline.  

The hotline is open 1 p.m. through midnight, Monday to Thursday, and Fridays at 1 p.m. until midnight on Sundays during the academic year.  

Learn more:

  • Call the hotline: 518-442-5777. 
  • Email the Middle Earth Assistance Program: midearth@albany.edu 

Hotline Resources

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Chat with the Lifeline by calling: 1-800-273-8255

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Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource available to any Veteran, even if they are not enrolled in VA health care or registered with VA. Care does not end when the conversation is over. The Veterans Crisis Line can connect Veterans to their local suicide prevention coordinators (SPC), who follow up to coordinate care.

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Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.

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National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

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Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.

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National Domestic Violence Hotline

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

Resources for Help

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The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors.

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Black Mental Health Alliance

Since 1984, Black Mental Health Alliance has provided a trusted forum to lead and promote a holistic, culturally-relevant approach to the development and maintenance of whole health especially mental health programs and services for Black people and vulnerable communities. 

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Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevents Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. This space was developed to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.

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Therapy for Latinx

Therapy for Latinx leverages technology to serve as a national mental health resource for the Latinx community. They provide resources for the Latinx community to heal, thrive, and become advocates for their own mental health. 

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National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association works to promote the mental health and well being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. 

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Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

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1in6

The mission of 1in6 is to help, support, and provide resources to men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

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Anxiety and Depression of Association of America (ADAA)

 ADAA focuses on improving quality of life for those with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and co-occurring disorders through education about the disorders. ADAA helps people find treatment, resources, and support.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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Therapy Tribe

Therapy Tribe's goal is to make it easy for people to find a therapist in their area; as well as give mental health professionals the visibility they need to grow their private practice. 

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SMART Recovery

Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating).

Additional Resources