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Online Self-Help Resources

Online Screening Assessments

Local Hospitals

St Joseph’s Hospital's Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)
301 Prospect Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203
CPEP provides 24 hour, 7 days a week evaluation and treatment for individuals of all ages who are suffering from an acute mental health crisis.

Crouse Hospital
736 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13210
The Crouse Hospital Emergency Room provides emergency services and assessment for all medical emergencies. There are no inpatient psychiatric services in-house. It is the closest emergency room to campus.

Upstate Medical University Emergency Room
750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
The SUNY Upstate Medical University Emergency Room is a state teaching hospital very close to campus, SUNY medical center provides a wide range of psychiatric services, including emergency assessment, hospitalization, and outpatient care.

Other Resources

ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) Helpline
630-577-1330   Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Time

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1800-273-TALK (1800-273-8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

TTY (Hearing Impaired) 1800-799-4889

Lifeline Crisis Chat - The Lifeline Crisis Chat service is available within the United States and territories from 2pm to 2am seven days a week. If all chat specialists are busy assisting other visitors you will be asked to try the chat again in a half hour. If the chat service is not open we encourage you to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

The Trevor Project Lifeline

The Trevor Project Lifeline is free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Trevor Chat - Online help

Trans Lifeline
1-(877) 565-8860

Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.

Vera House

Vera House provides a 24-hour crisis, support, and information line, and emergency shelter to ensure that women and children are safe from violence. Actively engaged in domestic violence education and training in the community, Vera House offers counseling and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and children who witness abuse.

315-484-7263 (TTY for Deaf community - during business hours)

723 James St., Syracuse, NY 13203


The CONTACT 24 hour, toll free hotline provides free, anonymous, confidential 24-hour telephone counseling, crisis intervention, and information and referral to persons in distress or crisis. Certified volunteers assist callers with a wide range of problems and issues.

Counseling Services Links

Location and Hours

110A Bray Hall
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Call 315-470-4716 to make an appointment for non-crisis related issues, or stop in.

Crisis Help

  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
  • If you need to reach University Police for an urgent matter, call x6666 or x6667 from any campus phone or 315-470-6666 or 315-470-6667.
  • If you have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, 24-hour emergency support services are available:
    • Crisis Hours:
      • Monday-Friday at 10 am and again at 2 pm.
    • Crisis services after-hours/weekends: 315-470-4716

Meet the Staff

Ruth A. Larson, Director of Counseling Services
Ruth has been a counselor for over 20 years and her focus is on adjusting to college, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, grief and loss, PTSD, sexual and relationship violence, and LGBTQ issues.  She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective tool for PTSD and phobias. 

Roger D. Howard, Staff Therapist
Roger has worked in the human services field for 10 years, with the last 7 years working as a counselor. Areas of focus are: depression, anxiety, adjustment to college, grief and loss, healthy relationships, cultural issues, substance abuse, and LGBTQ. He worked as a domestic violence educator for 6 years, grief therapist for 3 years, and a mental health therapist for 4 years.

Maggie McCurdy, Staff Therapist
Maggie has been a counselor since 2013 and been providing mental health counseling in higher education settings since then. Maggie's areas of focus are adjusting to college, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and LGBTQ issues. Maggie is a registered member of The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation and the American Counseling Association.

Evelyn Piccoli, Office Assistant 2
Evelyn has worked for over 13 years at several medical practices. She has several years of experience working as a secretary at an outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic.