UNC-Chapel Hill Mental Health Summit

Thank you for your interest in the Mental Health Summit. You can find recordings of the summit’s sessions lower on this page.

Planning for additional mental health resources and programming in 2022 has begun, and we would like to hear your thoughts.

If you could not attend the summit and would like to provide feedback, please share it with us. And if you attended the event and have follow-up ideas, let us know. You can choose a category to share your thoughts on a specific section.

Mental Health Summit recordings

9 to 9:10 a.m.
Summit kickoff and welcome remarks

Speaker: Kevin M. Guskiewicz, chancellor

9:10 to 9:30 a.m.
Carolina's commitment to mental health

Description: Carolina has had a historic commitment to mental health. We will discuss where we are today with national trends in mental health across the nation and on our campus. The data and findings from the summit will inform the University’s action in the future.

Speaker/Presenter: Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine

9:30 to 10:50 a.m.
Campus Culture: Student voices

Description: During this session, we will hear directly from student leaders and representatives about students’ experiences. We will learn how students support each other and discuss how the University can continue to support them during their time at Carolina.


  • Amy Johnson, vice chancellor for student affairs (co-moderator)
  • Desirée Rieckenberg, dean of students (co-moderator)
  • Undergraduate Student Government: Lamar Richards and Ethan Phillips
  • Mi Pueblo: Melanie Godinez-Cedillo
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government: Neel Swamy and Christopher Grohs
  • Peer2Peer: Sonam Shah and Michelle Kang
  • Hha! Peer Educators: Jaspreet Bhutani and Claire Molloy
  • Student-athletes: Hannah George, Madias Loper, Jill Shippee and Carly Wetzel

10:50 to 11 a.m.


11 a.m. to noon
Campus Culture: Faculty and staff voices

Description: This section will include a discussion of the experiences that faculty and staff are having on campus this fall regarding mental health, well-being and resilience among students and themselves. Faculty experiences in the classroom and practical tools for responsive instruction will also be presented in addition to a discussion of the need for a persistent, prolonged commitment to mental health and well-being on campus.

Structure of presentation will be:

  • Faculty and staff experiences surrounding students’ well-being this fall
  • Faculty and staff experiences with their own well-being
  • Faculty experiences in the classroom
  • Practical tools for faculty and graduate student instructors
  • Committing to faculty, staff and student wellness, mental health and resilience on campus.


  • Mimi Chapman, professor at the School of Social Work and chair of faculty
  • Andrea Hussong, professor of psychology and neuroscience
  • Steven Knotek, associate professor, licensed psychologist and coordinator of the school psychology program
  • Katie Musgrove, business officer at the UNC School of Law and chair of the Employee Forum

Noon to 12:10 p.m.


12:10 to 12:55 p.m.
Midday lecture

Description: For students, their university community is a critical part of their support network and safety net. JED works directly with colleges and universities representing millions of students to ensure systems, programs, and policies are in place to create a culture of caring that protects student mental health, builds life skills, and makes it more likely students will seek help and struggling students will be recognized, connected to mental health care and supported.

Presenter: Nance Roy, clinical director of the JED Foundation

12:55 to 1:05 p.m.


1:05 to 2:05 p.m.
Parent and family voices

Description: Parents and families serve as important partners in student success. Carolina Parents Council representatives and Carolina family members will share feedback regarding how we can continue to support their students and engage parents and families around this critical issue of student health and wellness.


  • Jonathan Sauls, senior assistant vice chancellor of student success and administration, Student Affairs (co-moderator)
  • Justin Inscoe, associate director of New Student and Family Programs, Student Affairs (co-moderator)
  • Dion Graham, parent of Class of 2023 and 2022 students, Parents Council Members and Recruitment Committee chair
  • Susan Routh, parent of Class of 2025 student
  • John Spratley, parent of Class of 2022 student, Parents Council member

2:05 to 3:05 p.m.
Crisis services

Description: Students at Carolina and across the country are in a heightened state of distress and in need of ready access to support and crisis services. Through the lens of the student experience and a vignette-based presentation, we will explore practical tips for intervention. This session will define the spectrum of crisis services available at Carolina and describe its ongoing evolution as we come together to face this challenge.

The questions we will address are: What are the ways that Carolina students present in crisis and how do we help them? What are the current crisis referral services at Carolina and how does one navigate this system?


  • Avery Cook, associate and clinical director of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Angela Strain, chief of emergency psychiatry, associate professor in the departments of emergency medicine and psychiatry
  • Amy Ursano, associate professor, Psychiatry-Child Output Program, School of Medicine
  • Meg Zomorodi, assistant provost for Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice
  • Marisa Marraccini, assistant professor of school psychology
  • Jen DeNeal, associate director for ethics and policy
  • Derek Kemp, associate vice chancellor for campus safety and risk management

3:05 to 3:15 p.m.


3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Description: The world around us is changing dramatically and we seek to provide wide-ranging resources to promote health and well-being and prevent mental illness, self-harm and suicide. The services we prioritized even five years ago may not be the same services we need today. This session will explore what formal health and wellness promotion resources and goals the University should consider for the future.

The question we will address is: What might a future-focused wellness promotion and suicide prevention plan look like for Carolina?


  • Amy Johnson, vice chancellor for student affairs (co-moderator)
  • Ramona Denby-Brinson, dean of the School of Social Work (co-moderator)
  • Michelle Bolas, associate vice chancellor for IEED
  • Edwin Fisher, professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of UNC Peer Support Core
  • Jeni Shannon, director of the Carolina Athletics Mental Health and Performance Psychology Program
  • Cheryl Giscombé, LeVine Distinguished Professor and associate dean of the Ph.D. division and program in the School of Nursing
  • Daniel Gitterman, professor and chair of public policy

4:15 to 4:45 p.m.
Where do we go from here?


  • Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine
  • Amy Johnson, vice chancellor for student affairs

4:45 to 5 p.m.
Closing remarks

Speaker: Kevin M. Guskiewicz, chancellor