Wellbeing & Support

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

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.   

Managing Social Situations

These resources are designed to help you navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic, especially when it comes to keeping you and those around you safe and accountable:

Read the content of these PDFs in an accessible format.

If you have any questions about staying safe during a pandemic, please contact us at [email protected]

Counseling and Psychological Services 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open and providing all services virtually.  

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. 

To schedule a virtual appointment or consult with CAPS, call 518-442-5800 or email [email protected]


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 518-442-5454


Disability Resource Center 

The Disability Resource Center is also open virtually. For questions regarding accessibility and accommodations, please contact us at [email protected]. You can also reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students' at 518-442-5501 or [email protected]


Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence  

The Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence is meeting with new and existing clients virtually. This includes any form of sexual violence (sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, sexual harassment), no matter when or where it occurred. 

To contact us, please call the office at 518-442-2273 and we will put you in direct contact with an advocate who can assist you. You can also email our director, Carol Stenger, at [email protected]. We are here to help. 

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].  


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. 

During the pandemic, we have adjusted our operations to reduce contact between patrons and volunteers but are still providing the same high-quality services. 

Community members can now 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 is providing vital support to UAlbany students struggling with financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply for support, and food requests are being prioritized.

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.