Well-being & Support

Taking care of yourself is crucial right now. Please use these resources to maintain your physical and emotional well-being.
 

Managing your Physical Health

Our success in limiting the spread of COVID-19 depends on the behavior of everyone on campus. Please:

  • Frequently wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer. 

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. 

  • Avoid touching your face. 

  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering. 

  • Maintain physical distance from others. 

  • Monitor your own health and stay home if you are sick. 
     

If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as high fevers, cough or shortness of breath, please seek medical attention right away — you should call 911 and advise the dispatcher of your symptoms and concerns about COVID-19.

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Managing your Mental Health

These resources are available to anyone coping with depression, anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts, substance use, relationship issues, domestic violence, school stressors and any other emotional challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You are not alone. 

  • Emotional Support Hotline: The New York State Office for Mental Health (OMH) has established a free Emotional Support Hotline for all New Yorkers at 1-844-863-9314
     

  • Crisis Text Line: SUNY and OMH have also launched Crisis Text Line for students, faculty and staff. Access the confidential text line 24/7 by texting Got5U to 741-741 for help. 
     

  • Mental Health Guides: OMH offers a guide for managing your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. UAlbany Counseling and Psychological Services has also released a Guide for Mental Health during COVID-19.   

Student Health Services 

Student Health Services (SHS) is open. Our staff is ready to answer questions and evaluate students for medical problems — both remotely and in-person at our on-campus health center.  

To contact SHS or to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians, please visit the Student Health Services website or call 518-442-5229

 

Counseling and Psychological Services 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open and providing all services virtually. Clinical services are free and available to all enrolled students.

Services for students include individual and couples counseling, group counseling, psychiatry, consultation and referrals. CAPS also provides consultation to faculty, staff and families regarding concerns about students’ mental health. 

Consultations with a mental health professional are available via phone (518-442-5800) 24 hours a day and via email ([email protected]) during business hours. 

To schedule a virtual appointment, please call 518-442-5800. Students can also schedule their first individual counseling appointment of the academic year online.

 

Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program

Talk to a trained peer about topics ranging from adjusting to college to finding on-campus resources. The Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program’s hotline (518-442-5777) is a free, student-run, after-hours service. Conversations are private. 

Starting September 1, 2021, the peer assistance hotline will be available from 1 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 24 hours a day Friday through Sunday, while classes are in session at UAlbany. 

Free and confidential Peer Wellness Coaching is also available. Students can sign up to meet with a trained undergraduate peer to discuss ways to improve or maintain their overall well-being, set goals and receive support in making changes. Sign up for Peer Wellness Coaching. 

 

Disability Resource Center 

The Disability Resource Center, Office of the Dean of Students, is open for both in-person and virtual appointments. For questions regarding accessibility and accommodations, please contact us 518-442-5501 or [email protected].

 

Alcohol & Cannabis Screening 

Frequent alcohol and/or drug use can impact your physical health, mental well-being and academic success, so it’s important to know where your alcohol and/or cannabis use stands. 

These screenings — which are free, confidential and anonymous — will help you identify any health implications related to your alcohol and/or drug use. Score interpretations and relevant resources are provided at the end of each screening. 

 

Sexual Violence Services

Services are available to students who have experienced any form of sexual violence (such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, stalking and/or sexual harassment), no matter when or where it occurred.

The Office of Equity and Compliance is open virtually to accept and investigate any Title IX sexual violence complaints by phone at 518-442-3800 or via e-mail at [email protected].  

For educational programming on sexual violence prevention, or for information about our peer education program, the Sexual Violence Prevention Ambassadors, please contact the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research at 518-956-8477.

 

Food Pantry  

The Purple Pantry is open to all students, faculty and staff. It’s stocked with a variety of non-perishable foods, fresh produce and toiletries. 

UAlbany campus community members can use an online ordering platform to select items available in the pantry before their visit. Please log into MyInvolvement to get started

After you place your order, you’ll be prompted to select a pick-up time slot. Your items will be pre-bagged and placed on a shelf outside the Pantry’s door. 

Please place your order at least 24 hours before your desired pick-up time. 

Additionally, we deeply appreciate all support. Donate to the Purple Pantry here.

 

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides vital support to UAlbany students struggling with small financial hardships. Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply for support. These one-time awards are capped at $2,000 and are based on financial need.

Please note that this is an emergency fund. It is not meant to cover gaps in financial aid and the cost of attendance, nor can it provide regular or on-going financial support for students. All applications must describe the nature of the emergency event that caused the need. 

Donations to the fund are gratefully accepted and allow us to help as many students as possible. 

 

Rental Assistance

The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is assisting households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications opened on June 1, 2021.

Call the United Tenants of Albany Housing Hotline at 518-436-8997 (Extension 3) for additional information.