COVID-19 Response

Healthcare workers, especially residents/fellows, are at the front lines in this war against COVID-19. The psychological effects of our work during this time, coupled with quarantine and anxiety about our loved ones at home, make it especially important for residents/fellows to maintain mental and physical well-being. This section of the website is designed to provide some material, resources, and information to help during this difficult time.

If you have any specific concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact your wellness subcommittee, or your program director.

The following are two salient articles from The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress:


  • Governor CuomoNYS Mental Health Hotline Helpline: 1-844-863-9314
    The NYS Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has set up mental health resources for healthcare professionals. The helpline is staffed by specialty-trained volunteers and mental health professionals, trained in crisis counseling related to the mental health consequences of infectious disease outbreaks, typical stress reactions, anxiety management, coping skills, and telephonic counseling.
  • NYC Get WellNYC WELL - Call NYC Well/Text WELL to 65173
    Chat with a Counselor Now

    Everybody needs help sometimes. Whatever you are dealing with, you don’t have to do it alone.
  • Services for SUNY DHSU Salaried House Staff

    If you would like to speak with a Behavioral Health clinician Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, call the System-Wide Emotional Staff Support Hotline at 646-815-4150.

    A house staff member seeking treatment may contact John Cancel at the Office of Behavioral Health during business hours - Monday – Friday 8am-4pm at 212-788-3458 or for assistance with scheduling an appointment with a provider at one of our NYC H+H facilities.

    NYC Employee Assistance Program - Provides services to NYC employees and their family members. Generally, an EAP provides education, information, counseling and individualized referrals to assist with a wide range of personal and social problems. Monday – Friday 8a-7p Phone: 212-306-7660 | Website:

  • SUNY and KCH Salaried Trainee Services Available
  • Child Care through UUP
    UUP has also been working diligently to identify childcare for essential workers who live outside of the city. Here are several Long Island options that are available:
    • In Suffolk County, call the Suffolk County Childcare hotline at 646- 926-3784.
    • In Nassau County, call the Nassau County Childcare hotline at 516-727-0331.
    • In Suffolk or Nassau counties, contact Scope Education Services, at
    • You can also call the YMCA of Long Island, at (516) 583-5539. Ask for the executive director for youth development and education.
    Please contact the Downstate Chapter at or 718-270- 1519 if you have childcare needs in other areas including NYC
  • Helping Healers Heal Wellness Rooms
    During the COVID-19 Crisis, wellness rooms at KCH are open to all staff for respite from the stress of work.
    Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM
    R Building, Room 2118
    C Building, Room 5130
    NYC HHC Wellness Room
  • Additional Anonymous Support Hotlines
    NYS COVID-19 Hotline, 1-888-364-3065
    Employee Assistance Program, 212-306-7660
    Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255
    NYCHHC support
  • Mindfulness while Hand Washing
    As we wash our hands for 20 seconds, this may be a great time to practice mindfulness.
    Mindfulness while hand washing

Resources at NYC HHC