Coping with College

(This page was originally titled Coping with Covid.)

If you or someone you know need immediate help, call University Police at 585-245-5222, or call 911 or 211. For other immediate assistance, text "GOT5" to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line or call 1-800-273-TALK (both 24/7). For less urgent matters, you can also use the NY State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline 1-844-863-9314 (8 am-10 pm, 7 days/week).  

Visit our Mental Health Quick Resource List for additional 24/7 hotlines, campus resources, and referral information.

SUNY Geneseo - Counseling Services Resources
  • Students can use the student health portal to request a Counseling Services appointment.
  • Support Groups
    Counseling Services with other student support offices to offer specialized support groups for Students of Color and LGBTQ+. Follow the link above for more information.
  • RIO Program
    RIO is 3-session skills-based workshop series focused on learning how to manage painful emotions.  You can be referred to participate in RIO Virtual at your own pace after an initial triage appointment (in-person RIO may be available at a later date).  Request an initial appointment at if you are interested in RIO.
  • Mental Health Quick Resource List
    various on-campus and other resources, such as:
    Mindfulness and Yoga for All - resources from own psychologist/yoga teacher Dr. Beth Cholette 
    Free Health & Wellness Apps - a vetted list of apps addressing various health, mental health, and wellness issues.
  • Coping with Crises and Tragic Events
    We created this short article to provide information about common reactions to crises and to offer general coping recommendations.
SUNY Geneseo - Campus-Wide Wellbeing Support Resources
SUNY - Mental Health Resources (Mental Health is Health)

Visit SUNY Mental Health for additional details on the resources listed below.

  • SUNY Crisis Text Line - a 24/7 service
    TEXT GOT5U or any message to 741-741
  • Peer-to-Peer Assistance Hotline - a secure student-staffed hotline via SUNY Albany's Middle Earth program; hours of operation (when UAlbany classes are in session only) are Mondays-Thursdays, 1 pm - midnight; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 24 hours (from 1:00 pm Friday afternoons through 11:59 pm Sunday nights)
    CALL 518-442-5777 or EMAIL
  • QPR Training (Question, Persuade, Refer) - a 1-hour training modeled on CPR, designed to recognize a suicide crisis and connect someone to appropriate care
    TRAIN for free using SUNY as the organization code,
COVID-Specific Mental Health Resources, Quarantine Coping

Being isolated or quarantined can be extremely stressful, especially when access to usual coping strategies is restricted.  Same day counseling appointments are available via calling 585-245-5716  These online resources may also be useful.

  • Quarantine Chat
    Connect by phone with someone else who is stuck in isolation.
  • SuperBetter
    SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers and backed by science; it's designed to build personal resilience: 

Here are some additional ideas for taking care of yourself when you are staying home, in quarantine, or in isolation (using the acronym AT HOME):

  • Ask for Help
    Connect with and reach out to supportive others through text, calls, chats, or whatever other format works for you.  Inform others that you are struggling and allow them to be there for you.  Seek out other help resources (above) if your support system is limited.
  • Take Care
    Take time for self-care.  This includes the basics--getting enough sleep (but not too much), nourishing yourself with food, hydrating with water, showering/taking care of your body--and may also include special things you do for yourself, such as meditating.
  • Have a Routine
    Routines tend to be comforting, especially for new, different, or otherwise uncomfortable situations; you can establish familiar patterns within the unfamiliar situation.  Create a daily schedule that incorporates your self-care  (above) and includes a balance of more active work versus play/quiet time.
  • Obtain Outdoor Time (if permitted)
    Even just a few minutes outside each day can be extremely healing (see Wellness in Nature).  When you are unable to be outside, expose yourself to natural sunlight via windows and make sure your indoor space is brightly lit during the daytime.
  • Move Your Body
    Find some way to be active.  Try virtual yoga with Dr. Beth, sign up for a Zoom fitness class, do jumping jacks, practice standing on one foot, try juggling, or turn on music and dance!
  • Explore Your Creativity
    Express yourself via whatever type of creative pursuit works for you.  Some examples include starting a bullet journal, developing a blog, coloring or drawing, writing or playing music, taking photographs, and trying something new to you.
COVID-Specific Mental Health Resources, General Coping

All of the resources below have COVID-specific pages as well as link to various additional options.

New York State offers NY Project Hope, a comprehensive website providing tips, activities, referrals, and more.  There are sections for Connect (crisis and other resources), Talk (crisis text lines), Cope (managing emotions, dealing with grief, reducing stress), and Relax (games, breathing, meditation).

Additional resources from New York State:

From the CDC, Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
Manage your anxiety about the uncertainties of the pandemic by staying educated and informed.

Seize the Awkward, Mental Health During Coronavirus

The JED Foundation, JED's COVID-19 Resource Guide for Students

Active Minds, Mental Health Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Steve Fund, Mental Health Providers Supporting Clients of Color

From Monmouth University in NJ, Grieving Loss for Athletes (includes 99 coping skills)

From Guilford Press, The Mindful Way through Coronavirus Stress: 3 Tips from Shamash Alidina (8m video)

McLean Hospital College Mental Health Program, Self-Care During the Crisis (mental health webinars and other resources)

General Wellness Information and Activities

Online and Virtual Activities
Things to Do in Western NY

Visit our page on Things to Do in Western NY, compiled by a student and focused largely on outdoor activities. Also view this additional page on Rochester Area Community Resources (provided by Genesee Valley Institute of Psychology).

Faculty/Staff Resources
  • Learn How to Have Difficult Conversations
    Try these Conversation Starters from Seize the Awkward or use Kognito, a free online interactive course to help you practice difficult conversations (see below; both student and faculty/staff versions are available).  You can also take QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training, which teaches you how to recognize mental health symptoms and connect those in need of help (currently offered FREE from NYS; use the organizational code "SUNY" when setting up your account).
  • Focus on Faculty & Staff Well-Being
    In conjunction with TLC, Dr. Beth Cholette put together a series of Wellness Wednesday resources that are featured in the Geneseo Today emails every Wednesday.  You can review the archive of past themes, which include connection, slow down, be present, physical wellness, compassion, and more.
  • Engage in Mindful Multiple Choice
    View this video recording of an interactive presentation that Dr. Beth Cholette did for TLC in December 2020.
  • Drop In for Weekly Noontime Yoga
    Dr. Beth Cholette, is both a psychologist and a registered yoga teacher. She leads a weekly drop-in noontime yoga class on campus on Fridays, 12-1 pm in the Schrader Dance Studio (start date is 9/10/21).  Students and staff practice together for a sense of support and belonging; all (bodies, abilities, ages, genders) are welcome!  Bring your own yoga mat.
  • Take Care of YOURSELF!
    View this short slide show, Self-Care (a brief guide), for tips 

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