Counseling Services COVID-19 Updates

To mitigate the spread COVID-19, we are following health guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control. We are limiting in-person contact to help prevent further contagion, while still providing support for students.

Hours of Operation and Services

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020:

  • New hours of operation: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • If you have a mental health concern and would like to speak with a counselor, please call 716-645-2720 to schedule a phone triage appointment, so that we may determine how to best assist you.
  • If you are in crisis after business hours:
    • Call 716-645-2720 and press option “2” to speak with a counselor.
    • OR Crisis Services of Erie County at 716-834-3131.
    • OR go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Mental Health Crisis Line

Residents of New York State can schedule a FREE appointment with a mental health professional by calling 1-844-863-9314.

Virtual Grief Support Group

This virtual support group is designed for students who have lost a loved one through death. The overall mission is to provide space, acceptance, and support for students to mourn the loss of their loved one and to acknowledge the many feelings associated with grief and loss. This semi-structured support group will provide information on unique and different styles of grieving, as well as challenges of grieving. This group will also provide a space to discuss helpful strategies to support each student in their unique grief journey.

Please contact UB Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 and ask to speak to a counselor about joining the group.

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Virtual Workshops

UB Counseling Services is facilitating virtual drop-in, Zoom-based outreach workshops that focus on providing psychoeducation and support. A variety of workshops are available weekdays in our Upcoming Events listing from the UB Events calendar to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. No registration or RSVP is required, return as often as you like to join us online – we do recommend downloading zoom in advance, if you have not already.

Psychoeducational workshops are intended to provide information, skills and support. These workshops are not a form of mental health treatment. If you would like to speak with a counselor, please call us at 716-645-2720. 

General Resources

If news about the coronavirus has you feeling on edge, anxious, or unable to concentrate try TAO Self-Help On-line Support, which is available for free via web or app and includes support for resiliency, stress management, anxiety, depression, recovery support, mindfulness, and other tools to members of the UB community. 

  • TAO Self-Help*
  • On-Line Screenings

*TAO services are available to all UB community members with an active UB email address.

Mindfulness Library

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAO has decided to make our Mindfulness Library free for everyone. Please feel free to share with family, friends, or anyone else who might benefit from enhancing their mindfulness practice.

Exercises are available in both English and French: https://www.taoconnect.org/mindfulness-exercise/

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