Resources for Faculty Supporting Students
How to support each other, your students, or others who are in distress.
As you interact, be present to what is being said by employing the V-A-R method of active listening (from Active Minds: https://www.activeminds.org/about-mental-health/basic-var/ ):
Validate: Let the person know what they are experiencing is okay and that you are empathetic to what they are sharing. Example, “I’m sorry you are struggling right now.”
Appreciate: Someone sharing a challenge is a challenge, express appreciation for their courage. Example, “Thank you for sharing with me.”
Refer: You do not have to solve their issues. Refer them to appropriate support depending on the nature of the issue. Example, “Sometimes a mindfulness activity can help destress in the moment. Have you heard of mindfulnessforteens.com?” or “You might want to contact crisis text line (text 741-741), they can provide support via text in the moment at any time.”
Using Emotional Intelligence to cope with COVID-19. This resource was created by our own Dr. John Pellitteri along with his colleagues from the International Society for Emotional Intelligence. Here is the link:
Queens College resources
Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center:
Knight’s Table Food Pantry:
Emergency funds via Student Services:
Provost’s emergency website: https://provost.qc.cuny.edu/ (which includes a Staying Healthy page:
Corona Virus Updates and Resources:
Philosophy Department’s compilation of resources for students:
CERRU will be sharing resources on social media, and has a message on its home page: https://cerru.org/
Online and virtual wellness and mental health supports
Crisis Text Line (crisistextline.org): Text “Home” to 741-741. Crisis Text Line and offers free, on-demand crisis counseling using text messaging as a means to improve the critically needed access to crisis counseling. Trained Crisis Counselors are available 24/7 to receive texts and respond quickly to provide support.
National Alliance of Mental Health resource specific to coping with COVID-19:
7 Cups (7cups.com)
Free supportive chats and affordable online therapy resources.
Active Minds (ActiveMinds.org)
Mental health awareness and support for young adults.
Mental Health Apps
Headspace; Talkspace; Calm; Moodfit; MoodMission; Insight Timer.
Mindfulnessforteens.com: A resource with recorded mindfulness meditations that you can use in class or provide to students for their use.
The Steve Fund Knowledge Center: This is a repository of various resources to help people understand and address mental health issues focused on students of color.
Jed Foundation Resource: Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health. This is a comprehensive guide to understanding college student mental health.
New York State Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line = 844-863-9314
Filing for unemployment in New York State:
Resources for a variety of financial assistance issues:
Self-care during corona virus https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/style/self-care/isolation-exercise-meditation-coronavirus.html
How to get more sleep tonight https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/style/self-care/sleep-tips-benefits-coronavirus.html
Easing coronavirus anxiety https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/smarter-living/coronavirus-anxiety-tips.html