Wellness and Support

Cultivate wellness and maintain balance with the help of Columbia University resources.

Columbia Law School is committed to supporting your health and well-being. A wide range of resources are available to help you fulfill your physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. 

General Resources

  • Columbia Health: Find information regarding health care/insurance, counseling and psychological services, immunization compliance, and the student health center.

  • Safety and security: Read about public safety at Columbia University and view shuttle maps and hours.
  • Fitness: Visit the Dodge Fitness Center to learn about membership, hours, and athletics facilities.
  • Work/life balance: Learn about family resources available through the Office of Work/Life.
  • Back-up care: Columbia Law School offers full-time enrolled students in residency during the fall and/or spring semesters up to 60 hours of back-up care per academic year through Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

Research shows that taking just 10 minutes a day for a mindful, restorative pause can reduce stress and improve focus, concentration, and creativity.

Student Services invites you to “Take Ten” by carving out 10 minutes from your busy schedule for a reflective break. To assist you, we will lead a brief guided meditation every Tuesday at 3 p.m. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Each time you participate in a “Take Ten” guided meditation, you will receive a stamp on your “Take Ten” Tracker. After earning eight stamps, you will be awarded a special prize to help enhance your mindfulness practice.

For additional tips and resources, check out this guide to mindful practice, also available as a hard copy in Student Services and the Quiet Space.

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Talk to one of our certified counselors. Columbia Law School has partnered with Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services to host drop-in counseling hours every week in Jerome Greene Hall. 

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, call (212) 854-2878.

View the Law School calendar for office hours and events.

Learn more about Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services and weekly discussion groups for students.

Need references or referrals to any resources or assistance or help solving a problem or addressing an issue? Student Services can help you navigate the various policies and Law School and University resources, and assist you in addressing your concerns. 

Contact: student_services@law.columbia.edu or 212-854-2395

Emergency Resources

Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance (CAVA) and Public Safety (24 hours/7 days):
Dial 99 on-campus, 212-854-5555 off-campus

Mount Sinai St Luke's Hospital:
212-523-4000
1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street

Mount Sinai St Luke's Emergency Room:
212-523-3335    

Mount Sinai St Luke's Psychiatry Emergency Room:
212-523-3347

Emergency:
911

Health Services/Primary Care Medical Services (PCMS)

Appointments:
212-854-7426
For acute illness or injury (during PCMS scheduled clinical hours), you can also be seen on a walk-in basis in the Urgent Care Center in John Jay Hall. 

After Hours Clinician-on-Call:
212-854-9797
In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 or contact your nearest emergency room. 
The emergency room closest to Morningside Heights campus is Mount Sinai St Luke's Hospital.

Health-Related Questions:
Visit Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University’s health Q&A site managed by health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
Appointments:
212-854-2878

After Hours Clinician-on-Call:
212-854-9797
In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 or contact your nearest emergency room. 
The emergency room closest to Morningside Heights campus is Mount Sinai St Luke's Hospital.

CPS Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

University Ombuds Office
A confidential resource that helps clarify university policy and procedure; resolve conflicts; and advise students, staff, and faculty. 
Phone: 212-854-1234 

University Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students
Columbia University is committed to maintaining a community based on trust and civility in which the personal dignity of each member is respected. This policy applies when someone alleges that a Columbia University student engaged in gender-based misconduct. If you have questions about the policy or who to turn to for support or advice, or are trying to think through a difficult issue, contact Yadira Ramos-Herbert

You can also reach out directly to a number of resources both on and off campus.

Grievance Procedure
Two basic kinds of incidents may require review and, in some cases, discipline:

  • Complaints by an individual student against a questionable form of academic treatment or involvement by a faculty member.
  • Behavior or uses of language that appear to step beyond the established bounds of academic decorum and appear to threaten or arbitrarily dismiss either a collective group in our midst or seriously undermine basic understandings and recognized standards of conduct within our community.

For certain types of behavior, such as gender-based misconduct, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at eoaa@columbia.edu or 212-854-5511.

Issues with Students
For concerns about Law students, contact the Dean of Students. For concerns about students outside of the Law School, contact the Dean of Student Affairs for that student’s school.  Student Services can help you navigate this process.

Suspected Maltreatment of a Minor
If you suspect child abuse or maltreatment involving a minor (under the age of 18 in New York state), call the New York State Child Abuse & Maltreatment Hotline (800-342-3720) and notify Public Safety (Morningside: 212-854-5555; CUMC: 212-305-7979).

 

On-Campus

Counseling and Psychological Services
212-854-2878 (24/7)
Crisis Intervention and Mental Health Appointments

Recovery Meetings
The Columbia Recovery Coalition (RC) is a recognized undergraduate student group serving the entire Columbia community, including Barnard and all graduate schools. RC currently hosts two meetings per week and posts daily articles, videos, and other posts on Facebook that are related to different types of recovery.

Monday nights: Weekly RC Meetings 

**Only available in fall and spring**
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Lewisohn 308a
Open meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Friday nights: Campus Beginner’s AA Meeting
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Earl Hall, Rm. 102 (changes each semester).

For more questions or information, email recoverycoalition@columbia.edu.

Off-Campus

NYC Well 
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health, and substance misuse support, information, and referral. You can reach the toll-free helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, text, and online chat. Mental health professionals there can link you to the services you need. Text “WELL” to 651-73 or visit their website.

Crisis Text Line
New York State has partnered with Crisis Text Line, an anonymous texting service available 24/7. Text GOT5 to 741741 to connect with a counselor.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines 

Dave Nee Foundation
The foundation is a nonprofit corporation that aims to fight depression and prevent suicide by promoting and encouraging the diagnosis and treatment of depression among adolescents, young adults, and law students.

Lawyers with Depression
Dan Lukasik created the first website and blog of its kind in the country to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with and heal from depression. He is a managing partner at the law firm of Bernhardi Lukasik PLLC in Buffalo, listed in the publications Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers, and The Buffalo Law Journal’s Who’s Who in Law as one of the top personal injury lawyers in Buffalo.

Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)

LAP provides education and confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law school students, and immediate family members who are affected by substance abuse, stress, depression, or other mental health issues. Its goal is to assist in the prevention, early identification, and intervention of problems that can affect professional conduct and quality of life.

NYC-Based Addiction and Recovery Services
Meetings

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information and Referral Services

Columbia University’s Office of the University Chaplain designs and sponsors a variety of programs on justice, faith, and spirituality for campus groups of all sizes. The office fosters learning and personal growth through spiritual, ethical, religious, political, and cultural exchange.