Dear Carolina Community:
Earlier this month, we announced a mental health summit to bring together faculty, staff and student leaders to discuss the needs of our community in response to the mental health crisis on our campus and in our nation. All of us have seen the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and statistics show that youth, including 18- to 22-year-olds, face an even greater risk of mental health challenges.
On Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., we will come together to address three important and related topics specific to mental health at Carolina: campus culture, crisis services and prevention. The summit will feature thought leaders who will share best practices from their respective fields. We will examine the national mental health crisis, listen to the experiences of students and parents and talk about next steps for our campus.
While the summit will be held virtually, we encourage your engagement and dialogue with the presenters. Registration is open to all students, faculty and staff, and you are welcome to join us for one session or the entire day as your schedule permits. The program will be recorded so that you can view the discussions you missed at your convenience and so we may share it more broadly with key stakeholders and friends of our Carolina community.
This national mental health crisis affects all of us, and we cannot solve it with the efforts of one person, or one group, alone. We hope you will join this important conversation and help us foster a culture of compassion and care in our community.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Assad Meymandi Distinguished Professor and Chair,Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine