Law school can be a challenging time for students, and students experiencing high levels of stress and/or other emotional difficulties are encouraged to speak with an advisor at the Office of Student Services and Advising.  Students also have the option to seek professional counseling services at the University Counseling Center.  Yeshiva’s Counseling Center offers short-term individual counseling, psychiatric assessment and short term medication managements, referral services, crisis intervention and emergency services.  All services are free of charge and confidential.
 
Yeshiva University Counseling Center
205 Lexington Avenue (between 32nd & 33rd Streets), Suite 401 
New York, NY 10016
phone: 646.592.4210
 

It is open during general business hours, Monday-Thursday and until 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Students can reach the Counseling Center at 646.592.4210 or by email at counseling@yu.edu. When leaving a message, be sure to state your name, that you are a Cardozo student, and whether your problem is urgent.  Calls will be returned as promptly as possible, same day or next day.  If you call the Center at night or on the weekend, your call will be returned the next business day. 

For mental health emergencies, please inform the Center that you have an emergency when you call 646.592.4210, and repeat that it is an emergency when a staff member returns your call.  If you require immediate attention during normal University business hours, leave a message on the Center voicemail, and then call Yeshiva Security services at 212.790.0303, who will contact the Counseling Center staff right away.

If you have an emergency at night or on the weekend, you may contact University Security at 212.790.0303 or 212.340.7800.  In case of a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or call Hatzoloh at 212.230.1000. Hatzoloh is a voluntary emergency ambulance service with numerous locations around the city.  It is run by members of the Jewish community but available to the general public.

For assistance with outside referrals, you may either contact the Counseling Center or you may contact LIFENET at 800.543.3638. This is a confidential and anonymous, 24-7 mental health hotline which offers referral information. 

Counseling Center Staff:
Yael Muskat, PsyD, Director
Rochelle Ausubel, PhD, Psychologist
Risa Koren, MD Psychiatrist

Helping Someone in Trouble:
The health and wellness of students is a matter of concern for every member of the University community, including administrators, faculty, staff and students.  

Here are some common signs that someone you know may be having trouble:

  • Abrupt changes in behavior, mood or appearance
  • Loss of interest in schoolwork, work or other activities
  • Not attending class
  • Signs of depression including: crying, hopelessness, sleeping or eating difficulties, low-energy, excessive guilt
  • Withdrawal from friends and social activities
  • Preoccupation with death and dying
  • References to suicide or death in conversation, jokes or writings
  • Drug or alcohol problems

Here are ways to be helpful when someone shows some of these signs:

  • Take the signs seriously.
  • Tell the person you are concerned about them.  Point out the signs you’ve noticed.
  • Be willing to listen. Don’t judge, automatically give advice, or try to cheer the person up.
  • Suggest the person call and make an appointment at the Counseling Center or the Office of Student Services and Advising.
  • If, after talking to the person, you continue to have concerns, please call the Counseling Center at 917.326.4942 to discuss the situation.  After hours, call Yeshiva Security at 212.340.7800.

If the person seems to be in acute danger (is talking of imminent self-harm, is acting dangerously or has taken a dangerous substance), do not leave them alone.  Either have someone else (or if no one is available, then you should) call 911 or Hatzoloh (212.230.1000), and then call Yeshiva University Security at 212.790.0303 or 212.340.7800.

Additional Resources and Links:

The New York City Lawyer Assistance Program (NYC LAP) is a free and confidential hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 212.302.5787.  NYC LAP is available to law students, attorneys, judges, and their family members, in New York City, who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues.

NYC LAP offers:

  • Consultation
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Counseling
  • Referral
  • Intervention
  • Peer support
  • Attorney Monitoring Program
  • Outreach and Education

NYC LAP works in conjunction with the Association of the Bar's Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse and local volunteers to provide peer assistance, monitoring and education to the legal community. For more information go to www.nylat.org/publications/brochures/documents/LATStudentBrochure2009.pdf.

Cardozo's LawLifeLine webpage: http://www.lawlifeline.org/cardozo/

National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov

Suicide prevention geared to students: www.sprc.org/featured_resources/customized/college_student.asp#role

National Institute on Drug Abuse: www.nida.nih.gov

An excellect article for law students regarding law school and sustance use and abuse: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/lawyer_assistance/ls_colap_jaffe_article.authcheckdam.pdf