Editor’s Note: On Oct. 13, based on participation, the University consolidated Community Support Center staff to be available at SASB, Granville, Health Science Library and Davis Library. Visit the Student Affairs website for more information on the times at each location.
Dear Carolina Community,
In a message to campus yesterday, I announced that tomorrow, Oct. 12, will be a Wellness Day for students and classes will be canceled. Tomorrow and throughout the week, we are offering a variety of resources to support our community. While recent events on campus this semester brought this mental health crisis and its impacts into sharp focus, please know that we are committed to providing sustainable support for our community beyond one day or week. We will continue to communicate with you about a variety of support systems in the coming weeks.
Community Support Centers
We will convene spaces across campus staffed with experts from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and School of Social Work. We encourage students, faculty and staff to come together, process their feelings and talk about their experiences.
The locations listed below will be available during the following times with the exception of SASB:
- Tuesday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Oct. 13, 8 to 10 a.m. and noon to 5 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 14, 8 to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 15, 8 to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Granville Towers South
Group session: Basement Study Lounge
Private sessions: Rooms 2121, 2123, 2125
Ram Village One
Group session: Community Office, Room 10H (Residents should visit the Ram One Community Office, and they will be directed from there.)
Group session: Community Office, Room 115 (Residents should visit the Hinton James Community Office, and they will be directed from there.)
Group session: Upendo Room 1118
Private session: Room 1114
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 8 to 10 a.m. and 12:45 to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 8 to 9 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 14, 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 15, 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m to 1 p.m.
Group session: Room 214
Private session: Room 216
Group session: Community Office, Room 146 (Residents should visit the Morrison Community Office, and they will be directed from there.)
Health Sciences Library
Group session: Room 227
Private session: Room 321B
Group session: Anne Queen Faculty Lounge
Private session: Room 103
Students may also seek support remotely. Visit the Student Affairs website to sign up for a virtual session. In addition, CAPS continues to offer in-person services for our students.
Other resources are also available:
- Peer-to-peer mental health resources and a helpful self-screening tool
- Peer wellness groups, well-being coaches and other wellness info about healthy relationships, nutrition, financial literacy and more
- Peer tutoring and academic support in a broad range of courses
If you are concerned about a student, friend or colleague who is struggling, please read this helpful information provided by CAPS.
While we recognize that our staff need to work on the Wellness Day, we encourage managers and supervisors to exercise flexibility whenever possible. Faculty and staff can also reach out to the Employee Assistance Program for resources and support.
In this critical time, the most important thing we can do is to support one another, and I hope we continue to do this as a community tomorrow and for the rest of this year and beyond.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz