Health and Wellness

Regardless of your age, income, or family structure, it is likely that some aspect of your life has been impacted by COVID-19. From school closures to modified work schedules, we are all experiencing shifts in our daily lives. Whenever our daily routines are changed unexpectedly, it is natural to feel unsettled, perhaps anxious, or maybe even fearful. These feelings are natural in a time of change. 

Please know, you are important to the SUNY Empire State College. We care. We support you. We want you to be healthy. The SUNY Empire State College community cares about your health and wellness. Here are some quick tips and resources to help during this time of transition.

Resource List for Students Affected by Coronavirus

The New York State Department of Health has set up a hotline to answer questions about the coronavirus: 1-888-364-3065.

For SUNY Empire related COVID-19 resources and information see: COVID-19 Resources: SUNY Empire State College COVID-19 Response.

COVID-19 has brought new terms, many of which have not been a part of our daily conversations. By learning more terms such as social distancing, quarantine and isolation, you will be better prepared to understand the news stories and conversations around you. Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19: Understanding Quarantine, Isolation and Social Distancing  takes a quick look at these terms and provides some practical tips for protecting yourself. With this knowledge, you can support healthy practices in your life and those around you.

Feeding New York State is a non-profit organization representing the regional food banks located across the state. They work with food banks located throughout New York to provide hunger relief in a variety of ways. Visit the Feeding NYS website to learn about food resources in your area.

If you are out of work due to COVID-19 closures or quarantines, you may qualify for unemployment insurance, which is temporary income for eligible workers who have lost their jobs at no fault of their own. For more information visit:

The Office of Children and Family Services is providing assistance with child care costs to eligible families and parents can also seek help with child care using these resources:

  • The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and cause some fear or anxiety. For information and tips you can visit the CDC page on Managing Stress and Anxiety.

  • Constant Coronavirus news stories, changes in employment and concerns over loved ones may result in higher than average anxiety. However, everyone reacts different to stress and it is difficult to predict how you may feel. Learning to  recognize and manage anxiety and stress will help you maintain good communication with those closest to you and build a stronger support community. In some cases, simple steps like Dr. Judson A. Brewer’s “brain hack” can help to break the anxiety cycle.

  • Mental Health is a concern during this pandemic. To reach the NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline, please call 844-863-9314.

  • New York State has partnered with HeadSpace to provide some Mental Health resources. The offerings include meditation for adults and children, mindfulness exercises, and much more.

  • Additional Resources are also available through the state of New York Office of Mental Health Guidance.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also able to support people in distress and provide crisis resources for you or your loved ones by calling 1-800-273-8255

Routines can be very helpful in times of stress. Consider adding these steps to your daily practice.

  • Plan ahead: Structure your days, including social support. Make a schedule and stick to it! Include social time (by phone, skype, email or letter), take some time to get outside, even if it’s just to sit and get some fresh air.
  • Exercise: Find some yoga videos on YouTube or take a walk around the block. Keep the blood flowing and change your scenery when you can to give you a fresh outlook.
  • Diet: A balanced diet contributes to our daily feeling of health and readiness to take on whatever comes next.
  • Sleep: Sleep on a schedule, going to sleep around the same time and waking up around the same time each day will help to stick to a routine.
  • Counseling: If you see a counselor regularly, talk with that person about options. If you are considering seeking support, telehealth options are available.

Click here for more helpful resources suggested by faculty and staff.

If you are concerned about your safety and having to stay home with an abuser during the COVID-19 outbreak, you can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 text LOVEIS to 22522.

New York State also offers additional, local, resources:

Some companies have announced steps to help ensure people stay connected to the Internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home. Comcast, Spectrum, and AT&T offer support with internet needs:

Comcast COVID-19 support

Spectrum COVID-19 Update

ATT COVID-19 Response


If you or a loved one are in recovery and unable to attend meetings due to COVID-19 please see below for some virtual options:

AA Online Meetings Directory

Virtual Narcotics Anonymous

Al-Anon Electronic Meetings

New York State Addiction Services and Supports wants to ensure that support for addiction services such as prevention, treatment and recovery are always available. A HOPEline has been set up and can be reached by calling 877-846-7369 or by texting 467369

U-Haul is offering affected college students 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul owned facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. For more details please visit Uhaul's storage options webpage.

  • Grieving the loss of a loved one is challenging in many ways. The New York State Office of Mental Health offers facts about grieving and also provides a list of resources that can offer support during a time of loss.
  • New York Connects provides a Grief and Loss Support Group that meets regularly and can help with working through the phases of grief. They can be reached at 315-782-4483.

Regional Resources

  • For information about Wellness and Mental Health visit the Rochester Mental Health Association website.
  • Local resources for Public or emergency assistance, temporary housing, or childcare information, for Monroe county, can be found on the Monroe County COVID-19 website
  • Healthcare guidance and childcare recommendations, for Ontario county, can be found at the Ontario County COVID-19 website
  • For services to all residents who are age 60 and over, you can contact Office for the Aging at 585-344-1611

  • For information about Mental Health or Community Health Resources please click here
  • Return to Work protocols, Drive Through Testing information, and Local Health Department Clinic schedules, for Westchester county, can be found here
  • Economic Assistance, Information for Schools and Food Assistance, for Orange County, can be found here

  • For information about Mental Health or Counseling please click here
  • If you are facing Food Insecurity the Food Bank for New York City can be contacted at 212-566-7855. 
  • Unemployment, Health Care and Housing Insecurity information can be found here.
  • The New York City Department of Education is able to offer daily free meals for any New Yorker. Information about this program can be found here

  • For information about Mental Health and Support please click here
  • If you are facing Food Insecuirty the Long Island Cares, Inc. can be reached at 631-582-3663. 
  • Tips for Small Businesses, Crisis Hotline Resources, and Veterans Service Agency information can be found here


For questions regarding the student health and wellness initiative, feel free to contact the Office of Student Life at


We’re here to help.

SUNY Empire State College’s Office of Student Life is a partner in your successful college experience.

518-587-2100, ext. 2255