Hurricane Sandy Mental Health Resources

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The following resources are available to the CUNY community and include outside agencies offering support and services to students, faculty, and staff dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Please refer to this website  for information and updates, particularly to access services for students.


Community Resources


Disaster Distress Helpline

If you are experiencing signs of distress as a result of a disaster, the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support.

  • Call 1-800-985-5990
  • TTY for deaf/hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517
  • Text TalkWithUs to 66746




You can call for yourself or for a friend

1-800-LIFENET is a free, confidential help line for New York City residents. You can call 24 hours per day/7 days per week. The hotline's staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services.

  • 1-877-AYUDESE (1-877-298-3373)
    in Espanõl
  • 1-877-990-8585 for Korean and Chinese callers (Mandarin and Cantonese dialects)
  • All other languages: 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638)
  • 1-212-982-5284 
    (TTY for hearing impaired)

    ** This is a free and confidential service available
    24 hours a day/7 days a week -- call anytime!


LifeNet Network of Care is a comprehensive online resource for individuals, families and agencies in need of help and information.

Get Assistance from the American Red Cross





For tips on coping with stress caused by Hurricane Sandy

Managing traumatic stress: Tips for recovering from disasters and other traumatic events
(American Psychological Association)

Managing traumatic stress: Dealing with the hurricanes from afar
(American Psychological Association)

Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event
(Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

Coping With a Traumatic Event
(Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

When Disaster Strikes
(American Psychiatric Association)

Recovering Emotionally  (Red Cross)

Protecting Children from Disturbing Media Reports During Traumatic Events <pdf>  (NYC DOHMH)

Tips on Coping with Disasters and Other Stressful and Traumatic Events <pdf>  (NYC DOHMH)

Tips on Taking Care of Your Family During Stressful and Traumatic Events  <pdf> (NYC DOHMH)    

Want to Help?

Donate to The CUNY Campaign

Give Blood! Find a place to donate blood

Volunteer to assist with Hurricane Sandy Recovery  effort through NYC Service

As opportunities arise we will contact you.

Volunteer and /or Donate to the Red Cross

Donate to The Salvation Army

Volunteer at the NY Food Bank

Volunteer with Common Cause to Help Voters Affected By Hurricane Sandy














If you would like to list other resources on this page, please forward them to Luis Manzo at:



University Resources

For Faculty & Staff:

  CUNY/WorkLife Program (for CUNY employees) – a voluntary, free and confidential support and counseling service; info at  CUNY/WorkLife Program website.

To log in use company code: CUNY

For Students:

Click here for your local Campus Counseling Resources

Click here to Hurricane Sandy Health Resources

Other Agencies / Resources

New York State has established an Emergency Assistance Hotline: 1-855-NYS-SANDY (1-855-697-7263)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) Due to Effects of Hurricane Sandy <pdf>

Disaster Unemployment Assistance for the Self-Employed <pdf>

SingleStopUSA – These community college offices provide temporary assistance with lost food, shelter, clothing, etc. for qualifying individuals (SNAP).