• Medical and Mental Health Resources

    The New School is not affiliated with and does not endorse any of the following organizations or guarantee the accuracy of the information on their websites. Any information provided is of a general nature and is not intended to substitute for the advice of a medical professional.

    Hotlines (24 hours)

    Crisis Chat:
    Domestic Violence: 212.577.7777
    Emergency Contraception: 888.NOT.2.LATE,,
    National Sexual Assault Hotline (directs survivors to local crisis centers): 800.656.HOPE
    National Suicide Hotline: 800.SUICIDE or 800.273.TALK
    New York Asian Women's Center: 212.732.5230
    NYC Anti-Violence Project: 212.714.1141
    Poison: 212.764.7667 (212.POISONS)
    Safe Horizon Crime Victims Hotline: 800.689.HELP (800.689.4357)
    Safe Horizon Rape, Sexual Assault, & Incest Hotline: 212.227.3000 or 800.689.HELP (800.689.4357)
    Suicide Prevention (LifeNet): 800.543.3638 (800.LIFENET)
    Suicide Prevention/Emotional Support: 212.673.3000,
    Trans Lifeline: 877.565.8860
    General Information (New York City): 311
    Emergency (New York City): 911

    Emergency Rooms (Medical)

    New York Presbyterian Hospital
    525 East 68th Street (east of York Avenue)

    Beth Israel Hospital
    East 16th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
    10 Union Square East (between 14th and 15th Streets)

    Lenox Hill Healthplex
    30 Seventh Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)

    NYU Medical Center
    560 First Avenue (at 33rd Street)

    Roosevelt/St. Luke's Hospital Center
    1000 Tenth Avenue (at 59th Street)

    NYU Downtown Hospital
    170 William Street

    Long Island College Hospital
    Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street (Brooklyn)

    Lenox Hill Hospital
    100 East 77th Street (at Lexington Avenue)

    Bellevue Hospital Center
    462 First Avenue (at 27th Street)

    Emergency Rooms (Psychiatric)

    New York Presbyterian Hospital
    525 East 68th Street (east of York Avenue)

    NYU Medical Center
    560 First Avenue, suite 7D (at 33rd Street)
    212.263.5550 or 212.263.7419


    Planned Parenthood of New York City
    212.274.7200 or 800.230.PLAN (call for information and nearest clinic)

    Park Med Eastern Women's Center
    800 Second Avenue, 7th floor (between 42nd and 43rd Streets)
    212.686.6066 or 800.346.5111

    Eastside Gynecology
    225 East 64th Street, suite C2 (between Second and Third Avenues)

    Alcohol Use Prevention and Treatment

    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Find a local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at the following website.

    Al-Anon is a support group for family members and loved ones of alcoholics.


    The Mental Health Substance Abuse Counseling (MHSAC) office has collaborated with The New School’s Student Health Services to provide a Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS), with the goal of promoting harm reduction and positive change. Central to this approach is the aim of cultivating a nonjudgmental awareness of drinking patterns and of developing ways to reduce risk and enhance well-being. This is a two-session motivational interviewing approach that has been shown to be effective in encouraging college students to explore their alcohol use and develop ways to minimize the negative consequences associated with drinking while in college.

    For more information about the BASICS program at The New School or to schedule an appointment to learn more about your alcohol use, please use the following contact information:

    Phone: 347.927.0420 

    In case of an emergency, please call 911.

    Alcohol Resources

    Harm Reduction Coalition

    The Harm Reduction Coalition is an advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities affected by drug use.

    Smart Recovery

    This organization offers an alternative or a complement to a 12-step group. Meetings take place online and in person.

    Anger Management and Conflict Resolution

    Controlling Anger—Before It Controls You
    The American Psychological Association offers information online about anger, its origins and causes, and ways to control it.

    The Conflict Resolution Information Source (CRInfo)
    CRInfo offers a variety of resources on conflict management and resolution.

    Body Art

    Information on Piercing from the University of California at Santa Barbara

    The Mayo Clinic
    The Mayo Clinic offers information on the risks of getting tattoos and what to look for in a tattoo parlor.

    Body Positivity

    Endangered Bodies

    Endangered Bodies is an international local-global initiative, launched by the international Endangered Species summits in March 2011.

    Improving Body Image
    Scroll down the following Web page for body image improvement exercises.

    Adios Barbie!
    Adios Barbie! is an entertaining interactive website about body image.

    About-Face offers women and girls resources on media messages and body image.


    Keep in mind that condoms come in different materials that offer different kinds of protection.

    • Latex reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
    • Sheepskin reduces only the risk of pregnancy; it does not offer protection against sexually transmitted infections.
    • Polyurethane, an alternative for latex-sensitive individuals and their partners, reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy

    Free external condoms, internal condoms, non-latex external condoms, dental dams, and lubricant are available at the following locations on campus:

    Student Health Services
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.1671, option 4

    Office of Student Development and Activities
    80 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor
    New York, NY 10011

    All residence halls

    Planned Parenthood of New York City
    Planned Parenthood of New York City offers essential reproductive health care and educational programs and engages in advocacy.

    NYC Condoms
    NYC Condoms is a program sponsored by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that distributes free condoms at locations throughout the five boroughs. To find a location nearest to you check out this website.

    Dental Care

    Stu-Dent Plan—NYU College of Dentistry
    The Stu-Dent Plan offers low-cost dental care to students.
    345 East 24th Street (at First Avenue)

    Morningside Dental Associates—Columbia University
    This group offers low-cost dental care to students.
    1244 Amsterdam Avenue (at 121st Street)

    Drug Use Prevention and Treatment


    This New School program, a collaboration between Student Health Services and NSSR's Psychology program, helps students learn about safer alcohol and other drug use.

    Street Drugs—Drug Resource List
    The following website provides a searchable list of drugs with descriptions including alternate names, uses, side effects, and withdrawal symptoms.

    Harm Reduction Coalition
    The Harm Reduction Coalition is an advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities affected by drug use.

    Narcotics Anonymous
    Narcotics Anonymous offers 12-step programs for people wishing to overcome substance abuse.

    Smart Recovery
    This organization offers an alternative or complement to a 12-step group. Meetings are held online and in person.

    Eating Disorders

    Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

    The following website provides information and links about eating disorders and finding treatment.

    National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
    NEDA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Information and resources are available on the NEDA website.

    Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders
    Something Fishy offers online forums, chats, and information on anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating and support for those affected by eating disorders.

    Emergency Contraception

    Student Health Services
    New School Student Health Services offers free emergency contraception.
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    212.229.1671, option 2

    Planned Parenthood
    26 Bleecker Street

    Planned Parenthood
    44 Court Street, 6th floor (Brooklyn)

    Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Care

    New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
    (Medical Emergencies and Clinics)
    310 East 14th Street (at Second Avenue)

    Exercise (see also Nutrition)

    Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
    CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity offers information on the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving public health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases.

    New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
    The department operates a variety of free and low-cost facilities around New York City. The Chelsea Recreation Center (430 West 25th Street) has a pool, gymnasium, and fitness room; membership costs about $60 per year.

    Exercise Tracker
    MedHelp's free Exercise Tracker is an easy-to-read interactive chart that allows users to keep track of their daily exercise and fitness activity.

    New School Department of Athletics and Recreation
    The New School offers athletic teams and intramural sports, group fitness classes, outdoor adventures, special events and programs, and more.

    Off-Campus Gym Discounts
    New School student discounts are available at a variety of gyms and athletic clubs in New York City.

    Reiss Family Fitness Center
    New School students in good standing may use this small weight/cardio room located in the lower level of Kerrey Hall, daily, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Non-Kerrey Hall residents must register online.


    Immunization Hotline: 212.349.2664

    Chelsea Health Center—Walk-In
    303 Ninth Avenue, 1st floor (between 27th and 28th Streets)
    Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Please call before arrival.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    CDC offers an extensive body of information regarding immunizations.

    Internet Privacy, Safety, and Use

    Facebook Addiction

    Facebook Privacy Tips
    Ten privacy settings everyone should know and use.

    Internet Addiction Test

    Internet Privacy Tips
    This page explains exactly how you are tracked on the Internet and what you can do about it.

    LGBTQIAGNC Health and Resources


    Gay and Lesbian National Hotline (Monday–Friday, 4:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.; Saturday 12:00–5:00 p.m.): 888.843.4564 or 212.989.0999
    Trevor Project Hotline (24 hours): 866.488.7386


    The following organizations at The New School offer social and political support to the LGBTQIAGNC and queer-allied community at the university.

    Safe Zone at The New School
    Safe Zone trainings are open to all students, faculty, and staff. The initial training is a two-hour workshop intended to raise awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and gender nonconforming (LGBTQIAGNC) community and the richness of gender and sexuality; to discuss how homophobia and transphobia affect our lives; to explore ways allies on campus can support the LGBTQIAGNC community and one another; and to help create safe havens at the university.

    The Queer Collective
    During the academic year, the Queer Collective organizes a variety of social and political programs.


    Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
    Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, high-quality health care and related services primarily to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities—in all their diversity—regardless of ability to pay.
    356 West 18th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)

    Gender Identity Project
    The Gender Identity Project offers a healthy environment in which transgender and gender-non-conforming people can connect with others who are going through similar experiences.
    (at the LGBT Center)

    GMHC offers HIV/AIDS treatment information, news and statistics, prevention education, and information on fighting AIDS.

    Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
    The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization, with more than one million members and supporters nationwide.

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
    The center serves as a New York City resource for LGBTQ youth and adults.
    208 West 13th Street

    Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    PFLAG is a national nonprofit organization with more than 200,000 members and supporters and 500 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG offers resources and support for family, friends, and other allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    YouthResource is a website by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people that offers monthly features, message boards, and online education on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues of concern to LGBTQ youth.

    Mental Health

    (24 hours): 800.LIFE.NET
    National Crisis Hotline
    (24 hours): 800.273.8255
    National Suicide Hotline
    (24 hours): 800.784.2433
    Samaritans Suicide Hotline
    (24 hours): 212.673.3000

    Active Minds

    Active Minds is a national student-run organization that promotes mental health awareness, education, and advocacy. The organization has a chapter at The New School.

    Depression Screening (sponsored by Mental Health America)
    Mental Health America offers a free online screening tool and links to other resources.

    Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
    DBSA is a national patient-directed organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder. Learn more about depression and bipolar disorder on their website.

    This comprehensive site includes information about tests used to diagnose and tips for fighting depression.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    The NAMI website provides information about mental illness, NAMI on college campuses, and online communities.

    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
    NIMH is a federal agency whose mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. NIMH's website offers information on mental illnesses and other health topics.

    The New York City Guide to Suicide Prevention, Services and Resources (The Samaritans of New York)
    This comprehensive guide provides information on responding and providing care and support to individuals who are feeling depressed and/or suicidal.

    Psych Central—Mental Health Network

    Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders

    Nutrition (see also Exercise)

    American Dietetics Association

    The American Dietetics Association, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, offers information on food safety, nutrition, weight loss, and related topics.

    Cooking on Campus Guide offers a beginner's guide to campus cooking.

    Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most recently revised in 2010.

    Nutritional Information on Popular Foods and Related Resources
    Find information on the nutritional content of various food items and on making healthful food choices.

    Nutrition Navigator
    The Nutrition Navigator is a rating guide to nutrition websites sponsored by Tufts University. If you're not sure whether the site you're looking at is legitimate, check it out here.

    Overeaters Anonymous
    Overeaters Anonymous provides a recovery program for compulsive overeaters.

    Spark People
    Spark People is a free online diet and healthy living community.

    Peer Health Advocacy

    The New You

    The New You is The New School's peer health advocacy program, organized by and for students.

    The Bacchus Network
    The BACCHUS Network is a nonprofit organization that promotes student and young adult leadership on health and safety issues on campus and in the community.

    Pharmacies (Local)

    The following pharmacies are the three closest to Union Square. All three accept coverage under the university-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan.

    65 Fifth Avenue (at 14th Street)

    Duane Reade
    24 East 14th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place)

    Duane Reade (open 24 hours)
    378 Sixth Avenue (at Waverly Place)

    Astor Place and Fourth Avenue

    145 Fourth Avenue


    Pregnancy tests are offered at Student Health Services.

    Student Health Services/Medical Services
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    212.229.1671, option 2

    Prescription Assistance


    NeedyMeds is a nonprofit information resource that helps people find programs to assist them with the cost of their medications and other costs related to health care.

    Pharmaceutical Companies
    Many pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs to help pay for medication. You can search online or ask your medical provider for help.

    Relationship Violence, Rape, and Sexual Assault

    The following hospitals have emergency rooms that are SAFE centers, specializing in helping survivors of sexual assault:
    Bellevue, Beth Israel, and St. Luke's. For more information about SAFE

    Bellevue Hospital Center—Sexual Assault Response Team SAFE Center
    462 First Avenue, CD Building, room CD408
    212.562.3435 or 212.562.3755

    St. Luke's-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC)
    CVTC of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive hospital-based victim assistance program in New York State.
    411 West 114th Street, suite 2C

    Beth Israel Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Intervention Program
    Beth Israel offers a variety of services to survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, including medical care, counseling, and information and referral, as well as information, training, and advocacy.
    Department of Social Work
    317 East 17th Street

    New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
    The alliance website serves as a source for locating hospitals, treatment, prevention, and police intervention.

    The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
    AVP fights hate violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities through counseling, advocacy, organizing, and public education.
    240 West 35th Street, suite 200

    New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault

    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
    RAINN is a national anti–sexual assault support and advocacy organization. The website includes resources and information on sexual violence, abuse, and assault.

    Safe Horizon
    Safe Horizon is a victim assistance agency that provides support, prevents violence, and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse.
    800.621.HOPE (4673)

    Emergency Care
    This Web page contains emergency response information for victims of rape and sexual assault.

    Safer Sex

    Medline Plus Safer Sex information

    Medline Plus offers information about prevention of sexually transmitted disease.

    Society for Human Sexuality
    The Society for Human Sexuality offers a detailed guide to safe sex.

    Sex, Etc.
    Published by Answer at Rutgers University, Sex, Etc. offers information and advice on sex, love and relationships, pregnancy, birth control and condoms, and sexually transmitted diseases.


    Building Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide

    This Web page describes ways to raise your self-esteem.

    Self-Esteem Games—McGill University
    Play games and be happier: Researchers at McGill University have discovered that people may be able to change negative thought patterns through a computer game.

    Self Esteem 2 Go
    This website provides information about ways to raise your self-esteem.

    Sexuality and Sexual Health

    Go Ask Alice!

    Go Ask Alice! is a health question-and-answer Internet resource produced by the Alice! Health Promotion Program at Columbia University.

    Info for Teens—Planned Parenthood
    Information about sexuality oriented to teens but of general relevance. Find helpful videos, chats, and other resources at the following page.

    The University of California offers a comprehensive website of research-based information about sexuality.

    Men's Health
    This site covers a range of topics pertaining to men's health.

    Sexually Transmitted Infections

    Student Health Services

    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    212.229.1671, option 2

    HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
    Input zip codes and find clinics and testing centers in the vicinity:
    NYC resources and clinics:

    Manhattan 24/7 sites include:
    Roosevelt Hospital
    Emergency Department
    1000 Tenth Avenue at 59th Street

    St. Lukes Hospital
    Emergency Department
    1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street

    Men’s Sexual Health Project: Project 36:00
    27th and First Ave
    New York, NY 10016
    24/7 program providing an HIV PEP starter pack without an ER visit 

    Center for Disease Control (CDC)
    CDC offers information about types and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

    CDC information
    The following Web page provides information about herpes prevention and treatment.

    On-Campus Free Confidential HIV Testing
    Mondays, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC) and The New School provide free and confidential HIV testing. No appointment necessary; first come, first served. Note: Testing is not offered when the university is closed nor during the summer. For more information, email
    Off-Campus Testing Sites

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Input zipcodes and find clinics and testing centers in the vicinity:

    New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH)
    Obtain information about HIV testing sites from the New York City Department of Health by calling 800.TALK.HIV or 212.447.8200 to learn more. There are a number testing sites throughout New York City.

    NYCDOHMH's Manhattan Sites
    Central Harlem
    2238 Fifth Avenue (137th Street)
    New York, NY 10037
    Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Services: STD Services for those patients presenting symptoms or at risk of exposure, Emergency Contraception, HIV Counseling and Rapid Testing


    160 West 100th Street
    New York, NY 10025
    Call 311 for details

    Manhattanville Renaissance
    21 Old Broadway (corner of 126th Street)
    New York, NY 10027
    Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Services: STD Services for those patients presenting symptoms or at risk of exposure, emergency contraception, HIV counseling and rapid testing. "QUICK BIC" SYPHILIS Prevention Treatment for men who have sex with men. Ask at the Triage Desk for more information. Get a penicillin injection with BIC (Bicillin) that will treat syphilis before symptoms appear and receive a syphilis test.

    Community Based Organizations
    Call 212.271.7200 to schedule an appointment.
    356 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011

    Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
    David Geffen Center for HIV Prevention and Health Education
    224 West 29th Street, ground floor (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)
    Monday – Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. for walk-ins
    Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. for appointments only
    Friday, 12:30–7:00 p.m. for walk-ins

    Institute for Family Health
    Sidney Hillman and Phillips Family Practice
    212.206.5200 - call for HIV testing hours
    16 East 16th Street
    New York, NY 10003
    M – F: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
    Sat & Sun: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

    Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
    25 Allen Street
    New York, NY 10002
    (212) 226-6333
    Walk-In Hours:
    Monday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Thursday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Friday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Smoking Cessation

    Student Health Services
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    212.229.1671, option 2

    Free Coaching and Support Hotlines

    Free Smoking Cessation Programs
    Many health insurers offer free smoking cessation programs. The program listed directly below is offered through The New School's health insurance plan with Aetna.

    Quit Tobacco Cessation Program
    Say good-bye to tobacco and hello to a healthier future! The one-year Quit Tobacco program is provided by Healthyroads, a leading provider of tobacco cessation programs. You'll get personal attention from health professionals that can help find what works for you. To access this program, have your health insurance card available and register for Aetna Navigator here:

    Local Smoking Cessation Programs
    New York City provides the following list of programs to help smokers quit; many are free.

    There are more in the surrounding areas; this is a list of New Jersey resources:

    Resources for Smoking Cessation smoking  

    How to Deal with Nicotine Withdrawal (PDF)

    Individual, Personal Smoking Cessation Support
    You can also get support by making an appointment with a medical provider at The New School's Student Health Services, if you have paid the Health Services fee. Just call 212.229.1671, option 2.

    Stress and Anxiety

    Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

    The ADAA website includes online screenings and links to self-help resources.

    Half of Us
    A site for college students offering information on emotional health and ways to find help in dealing with emotional problems and challenging situations.

    Managing Stress: A Guide for College Students by the University of Georgia
    This site provides descriptions of several relaxation techniques (meditation, visualization, deep breathing, even drawing and coloring).

    Listen to Relax
    Download MP3 files of relaxation exercises from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

    Time Management

    Time Management Quiz and Guidance

    A program hosted on Virginia Tech's website that offers assistance with time management.

    Study Guides and Strategies—Time Management
    This website provides time management strategies and suggestions for organizing projects and priorities.


    U.S. Department of State—Travel

    The State Department offers travelers information about visas, requirements, and health and provides travel warnings.

    Interchurch Center Medical Office
    The office provides travel consultations and immunizations to the public.
    475 Riverside Drive, room 241 (between 119th and 120th Streets)

    Centers for Disease Control
    CDC's site provides information on health relevant to travelers.
    718.553.1685 or 800.CDC.INFO

    World Health Organization (WHO)
    WHO, the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, offers information on global health trends on its website.

    International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)
    IAMAT provides travel health advice and coordinates an international network of qualified medical practitioners to assist travelers in need of emergency medical care.

    Urgent Care 

    City MD
    14 West 14th Street (for more locations, visit

    DOCS/New York Health Care
    55 East 34th Street, 7th floor (between Park and Madison Avenues)

    DOCS/New York Health Care
    202 West 23rd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues)

    Lenox Hill Healthplex
    30 Seventh Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)

    Student Health Services
    If you call after hours, you will be connected with a nurse.
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor (corner of 14th Street)
    212.229.1671, option 2

    Vision Care

    General Vision Service

    20 West 14th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)