Emotional Well-being

Emotional well-being is to identify and manage feelings while responding and adapting effectively

Tips on Improving Emotional Well-Being

Your emotional well-being can be improved by

  • Brighten your outlook
  • Reduce stress
  • Get quality sleep
  • Strengthen social connections
  • Be mindful

For specific strategies on improving these areas of emotional well-being, visit Emotional Wellness Toolkit published by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Columbia Health Coping Tools introduces you to various coping tools for self-help, crisis help, and other specific concerns.

Additional tips and resources are available on Stress Management and Relational Well-Being page. Go Ask Alice! has great tips as well.

Explore Further

Maintaining positive emotional health makes you more resilient and allows you to handle stress in a more constructive way. Below are some helpful articles to build good emotional well-being:

How to Build Good Emotional Well-Being

This article provides ideas about the impact of good emotional health on our life, the importance of emotional health and how to improve emotional health.

The 7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Healthy People

This article gives you seven tips on how to be emotionally healthy. 

The Importance of Naming Your Emotions

This article talks about how important it is to express our feelings and share them with others.

How to find a therapist

This article is a question-and-answer format from Go Ask Alice!. It provides resources regarding where to find mental health professionals and what to ask to your potential therapist.


Wellness Conversation

To speak with someone at SEAS, please email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers individual counseling, support spaces and other services delivered virtually. Watch this video to learn more about how Counseling & Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being.

For students residing outside the United States interested in counseling services, click here and use "Columbia University" as your student code when logging in.  

Columbia Health Coping Tools

Columbia Health introduces you to various coping tools for self-help, crisis help and specific concerns and life skills. For resources specific to managing concerns around COVID-19, visit Coping with COVID-19 resource page

Alice! Health Promotion

Alice! Health Promotion creates and sustains a healthy University community in which students can achieve their personal and academic goals. Visit the site to learn more about health education programs and services. 

Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response (SVR) provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach for students. SVR offers confidential helpline, 24/7/365 to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault or sexual violence.

Office of Religious Life

Office of Religious Life supports faith communities at Columbia. You can find resources such as religious life advisers, student organizations, meetings and services, and prayer and meditation spaces for students.

Nightline Peer Listening 

Nightline is an anonymous peer listening service. The listeners are empathetic undergraduate students of Columbia University who have been professionally trained. For the updated service time, please check the Nightline website. 

NYC Well

NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health, and substance misuse support, information and referral. You can reach the toll-free helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and online chat. Mental health professionals can link you to the services you need.

To contact NYC Well, call:

1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)

1-888-692-9355 (Español)

1-888-692-9355 (中文)

711 (TTY for hearing impaired)

You can also reach NYC Well by texting “WELL” to 651-73, or visit their web site for more information.

NYC Well counselors are available 24/7. They can provide bilingual help in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese. Additionally, NYC Well offers translation services in more than 200 languages.

Free Mobile Apps for Emotional Health

CBT-i Coach

This app provides a structural program to helps improve sleep habits and alleviate symptoms of insomnia.

Insight Timer

This app provides resources regarding meditation including meditation music, meet-ups, information on health benefits of meditation and so on.


This app offers guided meditations for different categories including stress & difficult Emotion, Work Break, Going to Sleep, Waking Up and so on. Users pay a small fee to download buddhify for IOS or Android devices. The Apple store offers the app for $4.99 and the Google play Store offers the App for $2.99. Subsequent access is unlimited and there is no monthly subscription fee required.