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Coping with Covid

For the Fall 2020 semester, all services are being provided via teletherapy.  Students (either new or seen in our office before) can schedule an initial counseling appointment via the student health portal Additional details can be found on our Our Services page. 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  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 "START" to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Additional resources can be found on our Crisis and Emergency Resources page; also review The JED Foundation's Mental Health Resource Center.  If you are outside of the US, you may wish to access an International Helpline.

Mental Health Assistance During the COVID Pandemic

Outdoor Yoga - September 2020

There will be TWO live outdoor yoga classes in September 2020!  Join Dr. Beth Cholette at the Focal Point (bricked area outside the IFC) on Thursday 9/17 at 3 pm and Wednesday 9/30 at 3 pm (Rejuvenation Day #1).  Distribute this flyer and check the Health and Counseling Facebook Page for more event information, including weather cancellations.

Counseling Services Resources
  • Schedule an initial counseling appointment on the student health portal at
  • RIO Virtual
    RIO is our 3-session skills-based group focused on learning how to manage painful emotions.  You can be referred to participate in RIO at your own pace after an initial triage appointment.  Schedule an initial appointment at if you are interested in RIO Virtual.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Practices
    Our own psychologist/yoga teacher Dr. Beth Cholette offers a variety of free mind-body practices on her YouTube channel, YogiBethC. She has a second channel, Breathing Breaks, with short (2-3 min) breathing and movement videos--designed for kids but great for adults, too.
  • Self-Help and Self-Care
    This page provides access to our free online mental health screening program as well as tips on other self-care strategies, including free apps, journaling, and more.
  • Free Health & Wellness Apps
    This is a vetted list of apps addressing various health, mental health, and wellness issues. Also check out Quarantine Buddy, an app to get matched up with someone else looking for a virtual companion (developed by Cornell students).
  • 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.
Finding a Therapist Outside of Geneseo

Do you need assistance with finding a therapist back home (or elsewhere)? Go to our Off-Campus Referral Resources and scroll down to "Finding a Therapist Outside of Geneseo."

Note that Open Path Collective offers affordable in-person and online psychotherapy options in your area, and is a national directory of affordable and sliding scale counseling services.

COVID-Specific Mental Health Resources, Quarantine Coping

Being isolated or quarantined can be extremely stressful, especially when access to usual coping strategies is restricted.  These online resources may be useful.

  • Quarantine Buddy
    Developed by Cornell students, connects people with each other for support.
  • 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 isolated (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.

From New York State:

Seize the Awkward, Mental Health During Coronavirus

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

Active Minds, Mental Health Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Steve Fund, Mental Health Providers Supporting Clients of Color

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

McLean Hospital College Mental Health Program, COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

LGBTQ-Specific Mental Health Resources

The resources below are LGBTQ-specific, providing online mental health and other assistance for decreasing isolation/increasing safety during the COVID pandemic.

The Trevor Project
Hotline: 1-866-488-7386 (trained counselors available 24/7)
Or, text START to 678-678

This is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and 24/7 suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. The Trevor Project also offers other resources including the LGBT safe space social networking site, TrevorSpace.
National LGBT Help Center
This center offers free and confidential peer support and local resource database.

Anti-Violence Project 
Hotline: (212) 714-1141.

Located in NYC, this agency fights violence against LGBT people in all its forms.  Check out this article on "Tips for When Staying Home Isn't The Safest Plan." 

Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project
Hotline: 1-800-832-1901

This agency provides crisis intervention, support, and resources for gay male survivors of domestic violence.

Pride Counseling

This LGBTQ-affirming online counseling network provides the opportunity to sign up and be matched with a LGBTQ-affirming mental health provider for low-cost sessions.

Trans Lifeline
Hotline: 1-877-565-8860

This is a peer-support crisis line staffed by transgender people for transgender people.

Note that many communities also have LGBTQ centers; these serve as a hub of information and support for the LGBTQ community in that local area.  You can use this directory to find your local LGBTQ Center and to search for local support groups and other referrals:

If you are in the Rochester area: 

While not LGBTQ-specific, these additional resources also serve LGBTQ people and are useful to know:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233, Text LOVEIS to 22522
    (the youth-oriented also links to this page
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673
Additional Care Packages and Mind-Body Resources
Rochester-Area Assistance

If you are in the Rochester NY area and are looking for services ranging from health care to food to child care, view this live document containing Rochester, NY COVID-19 Community Care.