Be Strong, Barnard: Counseling Resources

Opposite sides of the street, but unified at the drop of a pin when needed.

In light of recent events at Columbia, we’d like to remind everyone that there’s no reason to be alone in a time like this. For first-years and transfers, I can assure you the entire Barnard and Columbia community is here for you, and sensitive to the fact that, no matter what, this is a fragile time for you. That being said, once school starts, you’ll continue to be under a lot of pressure, and all the anxieties you have during NSOP may not go away right away. We’re here to help in anyway that we can.

Here are some resources to keep in mind, in case you ever feel like you need some one to talk to:

Barnard’s Furman Counseling Center (212) 854-2092
Barnard Clinician-On-Call/After-hours Psychological Emergency Line — (866) 966-7788
The Furman Counseling Center is available to Barnard students during the school year and is located on the first floor between Brooks and Hewitt. They offer individual counseling in the short-term (usually around 5 or 6 sessions), and also have a referral network for therapists in the city. Read a testimonial about the Furman Counseling Center here.

Throughout my time at Barnard, I’ve always felt the presence of a sort of safety net of support from resources offered by Barnard, and in particular from the Furman Counseling Center. Continue to keep them in mind once the semester starts—it’s an invaluable resource, and one that’s used more than you might think. The Furman center’s website also has guided meditations and tips for sleeping, if you ever need to take a look at them.

Columbia’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)
Columbia Clinician-on-Call/After-hours Psychological Emergency Line — (212) 854-9797
CPS is normally available in on a walk-in basis during designated hours in particular Columbia residence halls, including Carman, East Campus, Hartley, and 600 West 113th street. While usually not open during the summer, due to the circumstances, CPS has already advertised their availability on a walk-in basis at their office on the 8th floor of Lerner Hall from 9am to 5pm today, and to contact them at the number above, if needed.

Nightline
(212) 854-7777
Although not open until the start of the semester, Nightline is a peer counseling hotline open 24/7, available anonymously and without pretense or judgement. If you ever need to talk, these resources are here for you, so please don’t hesitate to use them!

Your RA
RA on Duty (Quad) — (347) 920-0236
Last, but definitely not least, your RA is probably the most versatile resource for you here at Barnard. It may sound silly to confide in the person who was just leading you in ice breakers, but your RA is trained to help you handle these types of situations, and even if it turns out she can’t help you, she’ll be more than willing to point you to someone or a particular Barnard resource that can. While your RA may not always be available, there is an RA on Duty at any given moment in the Quad. Use this number in case of emergencies or if you ever find yourself in a situation where you could use someone’s help.

UPDATE: For more resources available today (such as The Student Wellness Project meeting), please click here.


Following is last night’s email to Barnard students from Dean Hinkson:

Dear Barnard Students,

I am deeply saddened to share the news that a Columbia College student has passed away. We at Barnard join Columbia in mourning the loss of a member of our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this promising young person.

Below is a message (link here) that was sent to CC and SEAS students by Dean Kevin Schollenberger.

If you would like to talk with someone about this loss, or anything else, please know that the staffs of Residential Life and Furman Counseling (854-2092) are eager to offer their support. Your Class Deans as always are also available in the Dean of Studies Office (854-2024).

Respectfully,

Dean Hinkson

Image courtesy of The Kermit Project.

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6 thoughts on “Be Strong, Barnard: Counseling Resources

  1. I send my condolences to her family and friends. This is a terrible tragedy.

    To all first years, please know that you are not alone. Never be afraid to reach out to someone, whether it be a friend, a family member, a professional, or even a random student that you see in a lounge. Many of us have gone through periods of sadness and anxiety, and we are here for you.

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