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(Use and then Delete) Continuity of Services: Coping with Stress

This guide covers: HUSL Library services, student and faculty resources, and coping with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coping with Stress

HUSL Mental Health Contacts

Dr. Jessica Desalu, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist dedicated to law students through the Howard University Counseling Service.  To set up a virtual counseling appointment, she can be reached by email at

Howard University has hired additional counselors available to the campus generally.  They can be reached at 202-806-6870 (9:00 am - 4:00 am).

Additionally, the student telehealth mental health provider, Healthiest You is available both online or by phone 855-870-5858 by phone.

If your circumstances prohibit virtual sessions, students can also try Better Help.

As always, students should reach out to The Office of Student Affairs if they need academic, financial, or personal advising and counseling.

In Crisis? Help is available.

Online Crisis Chat 

> Text STEVE to 741741

> Call 202-806-6870 (HUCS, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

> Call 202-345-6709 (HUCS after hours crisis line)

> Call 855-870-5858 (Healthiest  You)

> Call 800-273-TALK (Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

> Call 866-342-6892 (Optum's Emotional-Support Helpline)

> Call 800-799-SAFE (The National Domestic Violence Hotline)


Domestic Violence

> Call 800-799-SAFE (The National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24/7)

Access information about the D.C. Crime Victims Compensation Program which provides financial assistance and reimbursement to innocent victims of violent crime and their families with crime-related expenses.  The D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert E. Morin issued an order in April that temporarily raises the emergency shelter spending cap from $3,000 to $9,000 per victim' it also raises the limit on emergency housing from 20 days to 60 days.  Read the order here.

Trauma Stewardship

Coping Tools and Resources






ABA Lawyer Assistance Program

DC Lawyer Assistance Program: "A free, confidential program for D.C. Bar members, judges, and District law students who are experiencing problems, such as addiction, mental health symptoms, or stress, which interfere with their personal or professional lives."  Analogous programs organized by state can be found here.

Mental Health Resources for the Legal Profession During COVID-19

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  • The Path to Law Student Well-Being Podcast Series: "a podcast series sponsored by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and Law Student Division. The series is a response to the call for action in the 2017 Report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which sets out action items for the legal community, including specific steps law schools can take, to shift the culture of the legal profession towards one that is focused on well-being." 


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