• Mental Health is Health

Don’t Wait for a Crisis. Make Mental Health Care Routine.

Mental health is health—and just like your physical health, you shouldn’t wait for an emergency to pay attention to it.

There are many ways to stay on top of your mental health, from talking to friends and family about your problems to setting a counseling routine with a trained professional. SUNY campuses make mental health services convenient and accessible so you can stay focused and achieve your goals this semester and beyond.

Remember: Check in with your friends. Talk about your problems. #ReachOut for help.

"Reaching out, trying, getting help never hurts anybody. There is no bad outcome from it."

- Fabiha Khan, student at Mohawk Valley Community College

"Reaching out, trying, getting help never hurts anybody. There is no bad outcome from it."

- Fabiha Khan, student at Mohawk Valley Community College

If You Are Currently Experiencing a Crisis, Reach Out

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline:

  • Call or Text: 988
  • Chat: https://988lifeline.org/chat
  • Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis: 1-888-628-9454
  • Lifeline Options For Deaf + Hard of Hearing: For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

NY Project Hope – Coping with COVID:


Veterans Crisis Line:

Call: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and Press 1
Text: 838255
Chat:  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat

Support for deaf and hard of hearing:

  • Chat and text message (838255)
  • For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. Or chat with us.

Your Mental Health Matters. Find Support at SUNY.

If you're experiencing a crisis and want to chat with a trained professional:

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.

Access More Crisis Text Line Information

If you just need someone to talk to about school, relationships, or whatever is on your mind:

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:


If you need help accessing mental health services from a distance:

SUNY Student Tele-Psychiatry Network

The SUNY Student Tele-Psychiatry Network helps students at select SUNY campuses access mental health services. STPN provides telepsychiatry and telecounseling for students struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. Services include remote counseling sessions and are provided by clinicians at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Department of Psychiatry. Services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to students.

Participating Schools

Learn more about STPN services

If you want to learn how to help a friend or a loved one in need:

QPR Training – Question, Persuade, Refer

Question, Persuade and Refer, or QPR, is an evidence-based emergency mental health intervention for people at risk of suicide. The goal of QPR is to recognize a suicide crisis, interrupt it and direct the person to appropriate care.

Like CPR, QPR works to increase an at-risk individual's chance of survival. People trained in QPR are taught to recognize the warning signs of suicide, which include depression, expressions of hopelessness, and talk of suicide. They are then taught how to respond.

The course takes only an hour. You just may save a life one day.

Create your account with organization name: SUNY

For more information, visit the QPR Institute

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