The CUIMC Student Well-Being Resource Guide is a collection of mental health and well-being resources reviewed by Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) students. Created and developed by the VETTing (Verifying, Evaluating, Teaching, Transforming) Project team, it is an inter-professional collaboration between CUIMC Student Health Services (SHS) and the COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC).
The VETTing Project
The VETTing Project acronym stands for Verifying, Evaluating, Teaching, and Transforming. It is a diverse interprofessional team comprised of students and staff with representation, training, and backgrounds from various health fields, including mental health, nursing, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medicine.
This project was born out of a need to support students and the work of student-facing providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, we compiled and evaluated resources on how to manage and overcome mental health and well-being challenges that arose out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has since evolved to respond to additional critical mental health and well-being topics, specifically anti-Black violence and the deconstruction of white supremacist systems. While it is not comprehensive nor exhaustive, our hope is that this tool will continue to grow and change to meet the needs of our community during this time of uncertainty and quickly evolving evidence.
Through the dedication and hard work of generous CUIMC student volunteers, mental health and well-being resources presented here have been reviewed with attention to accuracy, utility, and accessibility through a lens of health equity and social justice.
How to Use This Tool
In an effort to share resources in a digestible and timely way, we have worked to catalogue and summarize the resources with a standardized rubric.
We recognize that our recommendations are subjective—we include the recommendations here with the rationale of our student reviewers so that users can decide for themselves which resources are most useful. Recommendations are expressed as the views of each individual reviewer and serve as a general guide—they are not to be represented as views formally endorsed by CUIMC or Columbia University.
We encourage users to exercise their best judgement in utilizing these resources for themselves or when sharing with others. Where it is useful, we hope this tool can be shared widely.
To begin, explore one of the following selected resource guides, which have been curated by our volunteers from an extensive collection of resources. These links can also be accessed in the tabs at the bottom of the page.
Full collection of resources.
Resources for clinicians and tools to inform their work with patients
Resources specifically written for, by, or about students
Mental health tools for vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19
Free and affordable food resources for various dietary plans in NYC and within the greater US
Tools to support a variety of mental health needs during COVID-19, including written guides and hotlines
If you would like to browse and explore the complete collection, you can do so through the Master List, a Google Sheet document. Users can also browse and explore the Master List using Temporary Filter Views. For a quick tutorial on how to use the built-in search and filter functions, view this video on How to Use the Sort the Filter Functions in Google Sheets.
To create a Temporary Filter View in Google Sheets:
Step 1. Highlight Row 5
Step 2. Go to the navigation menu and select: Data --> Filter views --> Create new temporary filter view
Step 3. You can now organize the sheet by clicking on the green triangle next to the column in Row 5 that matches your sorting criteria.
Requesting a Curated Resource List
If you or your organization would like a list of resources specific to your needs and interests, you can fill out the Curated List Request Form and we will collate a set of resources that meet your specifications from our Master List.
The CSSC has worked with Center for Student Wellness and Mental Health Services to create this CUIMC Student Well-Being Resource Guide. Staff Liasons: Jennifer Nguyen, MPH, CHES and Ritu Agarwal, MA. Student Volunteers: Garrison Daly, Stephen DiMauro, Isra Eldosougi, Sabrina Kentis, Cei Lim Kim, Erica Schutzman, and Alana Zimmer. Student Leaders: Anny Sigaran, Janine Inez, BFA, Elizabeth Shelton, BS, Hannah Tognola, MSOT. CSSC Student Project Managers: Megan Krozser, BAPH, and Shayna Feuer.
Questions and Feedback
The VETTing Project Team is dedicated to collaborative work that meets the needs of our community. We encourage your feedback on this tool as work to create an updated web-based platform. Please take a moment to provide feedback through our short VETTing Project Feedback Form. You may also direct additional questions to Jennifer Nguyen (email@example.com).