Mental Health Matters

As the nation's largest public university system, SUNY takes a holistic approach to good health. We know that a student's emotional and mental well-being is just as important as physical health when it comes to achieving academic and personal success.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health issues in young adults were on the rise, resulting in higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide. For some young adults, the onset of psychiatric conditions may coincide with new experiences at college that are often stressful and overwhelming.

SUNY recognizes these challenges. We are striving to meet the mental health needs of our students, while mitigating the negative effects of behavioral health risks, such as addiction, violence, and suicide. We want our students to feel comfortable reaching out for the help they need. And we want to provide them with the best resources available, whether it's on our campuses or in the community.



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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SUNY-branded 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 Got5 to 741741.  

Download all Crisis Text Line materials.

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Student TeleCounseling Network

The Student TeleCounseling Network helps students at select SUNY campuses access mental health services. STCN 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.

This year, SUNY Downstate Medical Center will also begin offering the STCN which will open up the services to more campuses.  

To access STCN services, contact the Counseling Center at your campus: 

  • Binghamton University
  • Cobleskill
  • Morrisville
  • Nassau CC
  • New Paltz
  • Oneonta
  • Onondaga CC
  • Oswego
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Utica)
  • Potsdam
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.  

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