Staying Healthy Physically & Mentally
NYC Schools are offering meals to ALL New Yorkers! If you need meals, use this website to find a local NYC Public School distributing meals to NYers of ALL ages. They have plenty and are there to help you: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
CDC information about COVID-19 and what to do if you think you have it
Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Keeping your body healthy
Eat healthy and keep hydrated (this is good advice always)
- The Knights Table Food Pantry is a resource for matriculated students experiencing food insecurity
- Instructions for making an appointment: https://www.qc.cuny.edu/StudentLife/services/SDL/Pages/Food-Pantry.aspx
- Call (+1 718-997-0393) or email (KnightsTable@qc.cuny.edu)
- NYC Schools are offering meals to ALL New Yorkers! If you need meals, use this website to find a local NYC Public School distributing meals to NYers of ALL ages. They have plenty and are there to help you: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
- Food Bank for New York City: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/
Try out some at-home exercises
- Free fitness videos:
- Go outside! Try to avoid other people, but when the weather is nice, take a short walk to get some fresh air and clear your mind
Keeping your mind healthy
Get help when you need it
- Find your Campus Counseling Center: https://www.cuny.edu/current-students/student-affairs/student-services/counseling/campus-centers/
- QC Counseling Center
- Call +1 718-997-5420. Counseling appointments are being held by telephone and videoconference, and referrals are available to low-cost, sliding scale, and pro bono mental health practitioners.
- New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline
- 1-844-863-9314 (8am-10pm, 7 days a week)
- Crisis Text Line
- Text HOME to 741741 to chat by text (SMS rates apply)
- Visit https://www.crisistextline.org/ for more information and resources
- If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
- Call 888-NYC-WELL (+1 888-692-9355)
- Text "WELL" to 65173
- Chat at http://NYC.gov/nycwell
- If you work for QC, you have access to mental health services from Deer Oaks
Develop good habits while at home
- Create and stick to a routine
- Avoid obsessing over the news
- Take breaks from work: just because you work or take classes at home now, this does not mean that home must revolve around work and school all the time.
- Practice social distancing, physically. Keep connected with people you care about:
- Check social media
- Make a phone call
- Allow yourself time to think about and do other things.
- Virtually visit some great destinations like zoos, aquariums, or the philharmonic!
Self-care advice & other resources
A list compiled by faculty in QC's Department of Philosophy, linking to information about Coronavirus; listing places that will help you navigate financial hardship and unemployment; providing supports related to emotional health; and providing quarantine-friendly recreation ideas.
Writings and observations during COVID-19 isolation
"What I miss most working under quarantine" by Derek Loosvelt
"I Spent a Year in Space, and I have Tips on Isolation to Share" by Scott Kelly