Support Sessions for Students Struggling with Recent Events

June 10, 2020

While the events unfolding around us may be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they may be particularly injurious to members of our Black and African-American community. After experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. Student Health Service is committed to affirming and providing care for all CUIMC students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma.

Mental Health Services is offering extended hours through June (8 am – 7 pm Monday through Thursday; 9 am – 4 pm Fri) and increasing the availability of same-day and next-day support. 

Please go through our health portal to schedule a virtual Support Session with the provider of your choice, or call 212-305-3400, option 3, and ask to schedule a Support Session. These sessions are designed as one-off meetings with a clinician who can provide space for reflection, grounding, and support in this challenging time.

For more online resources for black folx and allies, including videos, podcasts, and articles, see our Black Well-Being and Ally Resources page.

We are also offering a weekly virtual drop-in group for Black-identified students to come together for mutual support. This group will be facilitated by Tanyka Sam, MD and Ritu Agarwal, MA. Interested students should reach out to Ritu Agarwal, MA by email ra3062@cumc.columbia.edu

We remain available 24/7 for urgent needs by calling 212-305-3400. After hours, please select option 7.