Mental Health Resources
The Counseling Center has compiled these resources for you to browse at your convenience.
Please contact the Counseling Center to speak with a therapist about specific referrals at (212) 217-4260.
Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center
312-320 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-3000 (for ages 18-23)
Blanton Peale Counseling Center
7 West 30th Street, 9th Fl., New York, NY
(212) 725-7850 Ext. 119
Callen Lorde Community Health Center
56 West 18th Street, New York, NY
(212) 271-7206 (for those without insurance)
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
135 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10020
Go Ask Alice-website produced by Columbia University providing information to assist in making decisions about health and well-being
What are your strenghts and what do your strengths and talents look like under stress, uncertainty and crisis? Learn about them through the following video series:
CWC Talks: The College Mental Health Podcast A series of podcasts devoted to honest conversations about college mental health and wellness. The episodes feature various topics relevant to college students, from racism to managing panic attacks, to developing resources for hard times.
The Happiness Lab A series of podcasts featuring stories that allow you to explore the topic of happiness.
If you have ever felt worried about your own or someone else's use of drugs/alcohol, take this short quiz! It's anonymous and confidential.
Signs and Symptoms of Abuse and Addiction:
While a professional assessment is necessary to accurately diagnose a substance abuse or addiction problem, your answers to the questions below can be a good preliminary indicator of whether assessment by a professional is advisable.
C - Have you ever felt the need to Cut down on your drinking/drug use?
A - Do you get Annoyed at criticism by others about your drinking/drug use?
G - Have you ever felt Guilty about your drinking/drug use or something you have done while drinking or using other drugs?
E - Eye-opener: Have you ever felt the need to get high or have a drink early in the morning?
Two positive answers provide an indication that the person may be at risk for developing a problem with alcohol or drugs. Discussing a potential problem early on can provide valuable information to an individual, especially if that person has a family history of alcoholism or other drug addiction or has other risks factors. Addressing alcohol or drug issues in the early stages of a problem is much easier than waiting until substance use has progressed further.
If you would like to talk about your answers to the above questions, please contact the Counseling Center for free, private and confidential assistance at (212) 217-4260 or stop by and visit us in A212B.
Adapted from the CAGE Screening Test (Mayfield, McLeod & Hall, 1974).
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Want to Try to Stop Drinking/Drug Use?
Students can always come to the Counseling Center on campus (A212B/217-4260) for help with alcohol or drugs, or for a referral for treatment outside the college. Treatment resources outside FIT can also be found through the following numbers:
1. Parallax Center - Provides outpatient treatment for a variety of substance abuse issues and takes the FIT insurance. Located @ 145 East 32 Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue) 212 779.9207.
2. For access to 24 hours assistance and treatment referrals, call 800-662-4357. If you are looking for inpatient treatment and do not have insurance, please call 800-522-5353 (NY only).
Narcotics Anonymous www.na.org 212 929.6262
Al Anon (for those who have loved ones with a substance abuse issue) 212 941.0094
What is an Eating Disorder?
A person with an eating disorder has a difficult physical and/or emotional relationship with eating, food, and body image. They may spend a lot of time thinking about weight, eating, food, and body image, and may be extremely afraid of gaining weight. This may affect a person's sense of well-being and their relationships with others.
One form of an eating disorder is when a person restricts their diet - eating very little or eating only certain foods. Restricting may result in imbalances in body chemistry, fatigue, dry skin and hair, missed periods, malnutrition, and digestive problems. Low body weight might lead to other serious medical problems. Typically, this person believes they are overweight, even if they are under nourished. This is called Anorexia.
Some people may over-eat and then try to eliminate the calories or food by vomiting, using laxatives, over exercising, or other types of purging. Purging may result in imbalances in body chemistry, damage to teeth and throat, dehydration, and stomach problems. This is called Bulimia.
Others cannot tell when they have eaten enough. They may have a powerful urge to continue eating even if they are full. These behaviors may result in extreme weight gain. This may indicate Compulsive Eating.
What about Body Image?
Body image encompasses thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behaviors that are related to how you perceive your physical self. Many people go through life struggling with concerns about their body image. Spending all your time thinking about these things doesn't leave you much time to think about anything else.
Worried about eating disorders?
If you think that you, a friend, or a roommate may have an eating disorder, it may be useful to know signs that some people may experience:
- Constantly weighing, measuring, judging the body.
- Using laxatives to eliminate meals or calories.
- Vomiting frequently, particularly after meals.
- Exercising because you have to, not because you want to.
- Anxiety in public because you feel you just don't look right, too fat or too thin.
- Bite marks on fingers, puffy cheeks and/or eyes, extreme or frequent weight loss or gain.
- Stomach problems.
- Loss of menstrual cycle.
- Constant worry about food, eating, counting calories.
- Mood is dependent on the day's eating.
- Constant comparison of how you look to others, such as thin celebrities.
- Sadness and/or discontent with your physical shape, size, or other attributes.
- Not feeling satisfied, no matter how much you eat.
- Desperation - you can never be perfect enough.
Who is affected by eating disorders?
More than 7 million women and 1 million men in America have eating disorders. They are common on college campuses. Some students come to college struggling with food, while others develop problems with food or body image during the college years.
The good news is that with treatment and support, people with eating or body image problems can have healthy relationships with food and self.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders:
National Eating Disorders Association:
Something Fishy - Website on Eating Disorders:
Helping End Eating Disorders:
Resources to Support Eating Disorders Recovery: