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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Mental Health/Well-Being Support

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Get the latest public health information from CDC: . Get the latest research from NIH:

Hotlines, Emergency Information


  • NY STATE Coronavirus (Hotline 24/7): 1-888-364-3065
  • NY STATE Emotional Support, Mental Health Hotline:1-844-863-9314
  • NY STATE Domestic Violence Hotline, (Safe, confidential, professionally staffed, 24/7):  TEXT: 844-997-2121 or visit:
  • NYU Student Health Services (SHC): (212) 443-1000 
  • NYU Mental Health: (212) 443-9999. (Do not come directly to SHC with fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or trouble breathing--or if you think you've had contact with someone who has COVID-19. Make a virtual appointment).
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA):  1-800-985-5990
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 


Face Covering, the Evidence, and Mask Making

DIY fabric masks

  • Provide a protective barrier to droplet transmission (especially from those who may be asymptomatic but infected, and in areas of significant community transmission)
  • Preserve the supply of N95 respirator masks for healthcare workers
  • Signal a positive social message
  • Current recommendation from the CDC (4/13/20) ("Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19") (printer friendly)



Cloth Face Covering Guidance Health Advisory (NY State DOH)   pdf 

Coronavirus: Which Mask Should You Wear? (Types, Protection, How to Make) (NY Times)

Slowing Spread of Coronavirus Infection with Homemade DIY Masks (YouTube video, 6 min 45 sec)  (Lex Fridman, MIT)

Masks4Medicine FB Page (DIY, Where to DONATE)

What's the best material for a mask? ("The best-performing designs were a mask constructed of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton,” a two-layer mask made with thick batik fabric, and a double-layer mask with an inner layer of flannel and outer layer of cotton.")


Selected biomedical evidence: 
van der Sande, M., Teunis, P., & Sabel, R. (2008). Professional and home-made face masks reduce exposure to respiratory infections among the general population. PloS one, 3(7), e2618.

Davies, A., Thompson, K. A., Giri, K., Kafatos, G., Walker, J., & Bennett, A. (2013). Testing the efficacy of homemade masks: would they protect in an influenza pandemic?. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness, 7(4), 413–418.




Addiction Support

Substance abuse support groups:

  • Group meetings online. Link here for a spreadsheet of online AA meetings.
  • Al-Anon, list of its online meetings that you can filter by the platform of your choice.
  • The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders also has several weekly online meetings that are free and open to anyone. SMART Recovery also has an online community that holds Zoom-based meetings.
  • In the Rooms lists online meetings for a number of different recovery groups, including Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • For help finding local resources, please check the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline, available 24/7:  1-800-662-HELP (4357) 

NY STATE, Updates, Need to Know

Mindfulness, Yoga, Meditation

NYU Librarians recommendations for YouTube yoga: