The CUIMC Student Health Service (SHS) joins with the larger Columbia community in expressing our grief, sorrow, and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the racialized violence happening across the country. We see that the police killing of George Floyd and the events of the last week are only the most recent manifestation of our nation’s long history of structural injustice, racialized violence, and white supremacy. In the words of Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, “we are living in a racism pandemic.”
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.
In the coming weeks, in partnership with the Deans of Diversity and Inclusion at CUIMC, we will offer a virtual forum for students to come together in solidarity and share their experiences, their thoughts, and their feelings. In the interim, we encourage you to contact our office if you would like support with coping and healing. Mental Health Services is offering extended hours this week (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. We remain available 24/7 for urgent needs by calling 212-305-3400. After hours, please select option 7.