The General Studies Student Council is committed to increasing resources to support health and wellness on our campus.
Here is a list of useful resources.
- Aetna Health Insurance
Columbia’s health insurance provider, Aetna, covers a wide range of services – make sure you take advantage of them. Some of the available services include acupuncture and hormone therapy for gender affirmation. An updated list with A-Z services can be found here.
- Special Health Fund
Columbia Health makes available on an as-needed basis up to $750 to students who are unable to afford or, for other compelling reasons (e.g., related to concerns about confidentiality), choose not to avail themselves of benefits available to them through their health insurance. More information can be found here.
- Columbia University Food Bank
The Columbia University Food Bank is a confidential resource for individuals suffering from food insecurity. They provide non-perishable food disbursements that last approximately two weeks. If you are suffering from food insecurity, please reach out to them at email@example.com or on Facebook.
- Free Flu Shot Program
Columbia students, faculty, and staff on the Morningside Campus can receive a free flu shot at Medical Services in John Jay Hall on a walk-in basis. Contact Medical Services at 212-854-7426 in advance to ensure they can accommodate your schedule. More information can be found here.
- Dental and Vision Options
Students enrolled in the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan — whether at the Gold or Platinum levels — have access to covered preventive dental services and specially discounted rates for other dental needs through ColumbiaDoctors Dentistry. Additionally, students at the Gold or Platinum levels also have access to discounted prices for many eye care products, including sunglasses, contact lenses, non-prescription sunglasses, contact lens solutions and other eye care accessories. More information about these benefits can be found here.
- Counseling and Psychological Services
CPS has clinicians that are prepared to deal with specific issues, among them Body Image issues/Eating Disorders, First Generation Students, Multicultural Concerns, Religious/Spiritual Concerns, Sexual and Gender Identity Issues, Trauma Support, and Veterans’ Concerns. You may choose a clinician that best suits your needs here.
- Around-the-Clock Support
CPS offers a 24-hour hotline service provided by ProtoCall. For after-hours mental health concerns, please contact 212-854-2878. Your concern will be assessed by a telephone triage specialist, and recommendations for care will be provided. For immediate psychiatric care, students may also go directly to the Mt. Sinai – St. Luke’s Hospital Emergency Room at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, (212) 523-3347. More information about these services can be found here.
- Group Therapy
Counseling and Psychological Services offers support groups designed to enhance life skills to students. These groups or special programs are often developed in collaboration with student groups, deans, residence advisers, and others. There are workshops focused on students experiencing anxiety, international students, students of color, or sexual assault survivors. You can find an updated list of CPS Workshops here.
- Veteran’s Concerns
Recognizing that student veterans face unique challenges when entering or returning to an academic setting, CPS has staff members with VA certification and/or veteran experience. You can find a list of those professionals here. CPS also offers a Veteran’s Support Group led by a VA certified specialist, James A. Pollock IV. For more information, please reach out directly to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to attend any of our events, please contact Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or email@example.com at least 5 days in advance of the event.
GSSC currently has a Students with Disabilities Representative that has been working to improve accessibility on campus. You can contact him with questions or concerns any time at firstname.lastname@example.org