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Coping with Orlando

The BMCC Counseling Center faculty and staff are aware that many members of our community have been impacted by the recent events in Orlando—those in the LGBTQ community, those who are allies, friends and family, and those who share a common humanity with the victims. Some of you may experience emotional and physical reactions such as anger, fear, sadness, grief, and hopelessness—these are normal responses to traumatic events. You do not need to be directly involved in or have witnessed the event to be affected.  


Should you experience such reactions it is vitally important that you engage in good self-care such as talking to people you trust, getting enough rest and exercise, and spending time doing things that you enjoy. Often these reactions are temporary and people return to their typical routines. 


Some people find that they experience a reaction months or weeks after the event—if that is the case it is important to receive professional help.


Whether you need support now or in the future the counselors in the Counseling Center are available to speak with you on a walk-in basis between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday.


In addition to the Counseling Center there are numerous resources listed on the NYC Resources page where members of the LGBTQ community and allies can receive additional support.


See the related message from President Pérez.


Counseling Center

199 Chambers Street, Room S-343 New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-8140

Appointments Are Available:
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (last appointment is at 6:00 p.m.)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Office Hours:
8:30-6:30 from Monday through Thursday until August 10
Week of July 2: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day. Closed July 4