Student Support & Advocacy


Student Support & Advocacy (SSA) is an integral part of the Division of Student Affairs. Our aim is to provide students with a central point for support and resources at Teachers College and Columbia University. We are available to meet with you, and to provide referrals, resources, and support. If you wish to make an appointment with us, click here, we'll reach back to you as soon as possible. For any other questions, please send an email to Still unsure about resources and services? Take a look at our FAQs. There, you will find a section about our team, and about how we can help you. 

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Note on Hybrid-Work Operations

During these weeks of continuous updates, we are following the current procedures in place from the College administration. We’re following a hybrid model of operation, with some services in-person, and others, remote. We aim to provide students with the best access to resources for support while balancing the collective need to remain physically safe regarding the COVID-19 precautions. Students can still request an appointment with our team, following the same procedure as always, filling the Contact Form on our website.

For general Inquiries, rescheduling, or cancellation of appointments students, faculty and staff can reach our office during business hours at

In case of emergencies: As usual, students can find Emergency contact and information on our website, or call 24/7 the line 212-854-2878 of Columbia Health for psychological support. We hope that everyone can access the care they need in a way that also provides protection as mandated by the World Health Organization and is consistent with our message of wellness and self-care. 

For more information and updates on COVID-19, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health websites. You can also text 692-692 with the message "COVID" to receive regular updates from Notify NYC.  In addition, please find below additional resources that are still available for you 24/7 for Mental Health support, do not hesitate to reach out to them if not feeling well, needing to speak to a counselor, or seeking support through a crisis.


Some Additional Resources

Columbia University

Columbia Health’s COVID-19 phone line for your questions, Monday to Friday, 9 am-5 pm. Call: 212-854-9355

Columbia Health 24/7 Mental Health Support LineCall: 212-678-7432

Columbia 24/7 Sexual Violence Response TeamCall: 212-854-4357

Additional resources listed in TC’s Preparedness website.

New York City

NYC WellAt any hour of any day, in several languages, via phone, tablet or computer, NYC Well provides crisis counseling for free. Call the following numbers:

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 text “WELL” to 651-73, or Chat Here.

New York State Domestic Violence HotlineCall: 1-800-942-6906

New York Crisis Text LineBy texting GOT5 to 741-741, you will be connected to a trained counselor, who can help them sort through a crisis and develop a plan to stay safe.

 National Alliance on Mental Illness NYCCall: 212-684-3264 or email: Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am to 6pm 

Nationwide Resources

National Suicide Prevention Line Call: 800-273-TALK (8255)

Search tool for providers:

Crisis TextlineText: 741741

Crisis Chat

IMAlive Chat

National Domestic Violence Hotline Call: 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224

Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (800) 656-HOPE



Fabio Marcovski
Student Support & Advocacy Fellow & Graduate Assistant

Fabio Marcovski, M.Sc., is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Fabio obtained his B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Cognitive Science, from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he specialized in mindfulness-based interventions and research and soon joined the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC), at Harvard Medical School. At Harvard, Fabio helped make mindfulness-based programs accessible to the underserved Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking communities around Boston. For his doctoral studies at TC, Fabio currently investigates the concept of sense of belonging, and the relationship between mindfulness and spirituality. Fabio speaks fluently Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at TC, Fabio learned a variety of spiritual and meditation practices in India, Thailand, and Nepal.

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