Counseling Center Services
To contact the Counseling Center:
If you are in crisis and need assistance:
Mobile Crisis Assessment Team: 1-844-732-6228 a 24/7 phone line for individuals in crisis in Oneonta, Herkimer, Delaware, Schoharie, Chenango and Otsego Counties.
The Steve Fund has created a special keyword that young people of color can text to connect with a culturally trained crisis counselor 24/7. Text STEVE to 741741
Chat line - https://www.imalive.org/online/
For emergencies - call 911
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Things you can do to support yourself:
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
- Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.
- Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
As a Herkimer College student transitioning to alternative course delivery methods you may have additional questions and concerns. As a campus, we are here to support you and assist you.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Check in with a friend.
- If you are struggling to understand an assignment don’t hesitate to contact your instructor or online tutor by calling 315-866-0300 ext. 8275.
- Classwork can be time-consuming. Remember to take breaks and stretch or go for a walk and breath. It is recommended that you take a 5-10 minute break for every hour of work.
- Check your Herkimer College email regularly for important updates from the college.
- Make time to unwind. Find a meditation, self-care app, or You-tube video that you enjoy. Here are some recommendations:
- Insight Time Meditation App - A large Library of guided meditations.
- What's Up -App designed to provide helpful tools for managing depression.
- Smiling Mind - App-based meditation program to help bring mindfulness into your life.
- You Tube videos for Yoga - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td6zFtZPkJ4
Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery Resources:
- https://oasas.ny.gov - Offices of Addictions Services and Supports
- 24/7 HOPEline: Call 1-877-8-HOPENY | Text 467369.
- https://www.intherooms.com/home/ Global Recovery Community - AA, NA, SMART Recovery, Fit Recovery, and many other pathways 130 free, video meetings offered weekly.
It is normal to experience a range of emotions to this evolving public health situation. This may include worries about loved ones, concerns about how to support your family members who are now at home for extended periods of time, practical considerations related to educational barriers, and other personal concerns. Here is an additional list of resources that could help with whatever your concerns may be.
- From the CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- From the CDC Stigma and Resilience
- From Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- From the American Foundation for Suicidal Prevention Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- From the NY Times A Brain Hack to Break the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle
Other Helpful Pages:
For the most updated information on the COVID-19 situation at Herkimer College, view the College's webpage.
For a list of community services available in the Herkimer area, visit community services here.
For a list of Emergency Services, visit Emergency Services here.
For Mental Health Screenings and additional resources, visit Mental Health Screenings and additional resources here.
To find a mental health provider in your area, visit: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/