Mental Health During COVID:Dear Students,Your wellbeing is of primary importance to us. We recognize that the pandemic, particularly during the holiday season, presents unique challenges to our students’ mental health.
As support, I would like to highlight some of the services offered by the College and the SUNY System. Please do not hesitate to access these resources. It is important to reach out for help when you need it. All inquiries will remain confidential.
ReachOut/Project Hope: Staffed by trained volunteers, ReachOut provides support to New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19, 8 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week. The service is free, confidential, and anonymous. The hotline number is 1-844-863-9314.
Crisis Text Line: Staffed 24/7/365 by trained volunteers skilled in active listening, Crisis Text Line helps individuals in distress move from a hot moment to a cool calm. There is a New York-specific keyword for Crisis Text Line: SUNY participants can text “Got5U” to 741-741.
Mental Health Counseling: The College continues to offer five free counseling sessions through our psychologist on retainer. You can access this service by emailing the doctor directly through the SUNY Opt SafeinSight app or the link under the Mental Health Counseling tab.
Food Pantry: The Food Pantry at Guttman Community College will continue to be available to students. The Food pantry can be accessed Monday through Friday from 10am-3pm by appointment only. SUNY Optometry students can call in advance to set-up an appointment for pick-up of non-perishable food items (perishable items are not available at this time).
T-Chats: The College offers sessions on various topics, including mental health and stress management, throughout the semester.
Suicide Prevention: For more resources on suicide prevention, visit the Suicide Prevention tab at the bottom of this page.
I would also like to draw your attention to a free online suicide prevention training available to all SUNY Optometry community members. For more information, visit qprinstitute.com.
In addition to the services outlined here, please connect with me at any time via email or by text at (808) 366-8102.
Wishing you a happy holiday season!
Gui Albieri, PhD
VP Student Affairs, CDO
The office of student affairs seeks to build a vibrant college community that is healthy and supportive in all aspects of life. We care deeply about our students’ well-being and strive to offer the services needed to be successful.
We recognize that at times your academic and clinical training can be stressful. We also understand that extenuating life circumstances can add to the levels of stress experienced by our students.
Mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, and depression, often impact students’ ability to perform at their best, and have adverse effects on well-being in general, as well as negatively affect memory and learning. The College strives to foster well-rounded, compassionate health care providers who flourish in all aspects of life.
There are two general rules of thumb when dealing with distress:
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help;
- Ask for help as soon as you feel the symptoms of distress.
Common symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and other common mental health illnesses, can be found here: Symptoms
You can take simple yet important steps towards improving your mental well-being. Often times, just talking with someone about issues that may be causing distress offers major relief.
Proven methods that you can implement to increase positive mental well-being include mindfulness and managing cognitive distortions. For more information on these methods, visit Cognitive Distortions (PDF)
Some students, however, may need more structured assistance.
We offer a host of services to help students who may be experiencing some kind of distress in their lives.