What is Nightline?

Nightline is an anonymous peer listening service. Our listeners are empathetic undergraduate students of Columbia University who have completed a training and certification process to work on our phone lines. Students call Nightline for a wide variety of reasons. From relationship issues to academic stress, students call Nightline to talk about whatever is on their mind. Often, people who call Nightline find that it can be easier to talk about these things with someone they don’t know. Our lines offer a unique way to be empathetically heard, which can be especially valuable right now as many students may be feeling isolated from their communities on campus. Whether you need resources to help you out, or simply someone to talk to, Nightline is here for you. Watch our video below to see what student leaders have to say about Nightline:

What happens when I call Nightline?

One of our listeners will answer the phone. After that, what we talk about is up to you. Peer listeners are trained to provide resources, non-judgmental and empathetic support, and a safe space to explore what is on your mind. The conversation you have can go on as long as you want or need.

When can I call?

Our lines are currently undergoing changes to prepare for the challenge of operating remotely. Once we reopen, our hours and phone number will likely be different from previous years. Check this website, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages, for updates.

Who do we serve?

Nightline is a service that serves both the undergraduate and graduate student communities of Columbia University and Barnard College. If you are looking for support but aren’t a student, NYC Well has a very similar free, confidential listening line that is better able to respond to non-student needs. They also offer text and web chat services.

Is Nightline a suicide hotline?

Nightline is not a suicide hotline. If you feel that you are in immediate danger of harming yourself, the following  resources will be able to provide you with more immediate assistance:

Columbia/Barnard Specific:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services’ Clinician-on-Call, available 24/7: (212) 854-2878
  • Furman Counseling: Between the hours of 9am – 5pm call (212) 854-2092 and indicate “urgent” for a same-day appointment.
  • Columbia Public Safety (On-Campus Only): (212) 854-5555
  • Barnard Public Safety (On-Campus Only): (212) 854-6666

Non-Columbia/Barnard Specific:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): 1-800-273-8255
  •  Crisis Text Line: US and Canada: text 741741. UK: text 85258. Ireland: text 50808
  • Dialing 9-1-1  (USA)
  • Traveling to the nearest psychiatric emergency room.

Contact Us

Looking to get involved in Nightline? Have a question for our staff? Want to just know more? Check out our Get Involved page or send us an email at [email protected]