Shining a light on mental health

As the University observes two well-being days to focus on mental health and overall wellness, it's important to remember it's always the right time to take care of yourself and make sure others around you are doing the same.

Keep reading to learn about campus resources and how Tar Heel students, faculty and staff are using outreach and research to prioritize mental health on campus and beyond.

Carolina resources

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    Counseling and Psychological Services

    Carolina's Counseling and Psychological Services is strongly committed to addressing the mental health needs of the student body through timely access to consultation and connection to clinically appropriate services.

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    The Heels Care Network

    A gateway for mental health and wellness resources for everyone on campus, the Heels Care Network can help you find a support group, learn strategies for mental health, connect with trainings and advocacy organizations and find wellness events on campus.

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    Employee Assistance Program

    If you need help, the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Assistance Program is available. The EAP is a confidential counseling and resource program that is designed to help University employees and their families deal with both personal and work-related concerns.

Campus initiatives

Student organization spotlight

Active Minds at Carolina

What’s a mental health condition Natalie Tuinstra thinks is important to focus on?

“A lot of us are lonely — even if we don’t show it. That’s what I try to center most of our events around,” said Tuinstra, president of Active Minds Carolina, a student group that aims to increase students’ awareness of mental health conditions and provide resources and information, serving as a liaison between students and the mental health community.

Learn more about Active Minds and its work around campus.

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We Wear the Mask

African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1895 wrote “We Wear the Mask,” a poem about how Black suffering is often hidden to conform to society. More than a century later, a Carolina student organization uses the title of Dunbar’s poem as its name and its theme as their focus.

“Our goal is to destigmatize mental health because in the African American community, we tend to just not talk about things that we’re struggling with, and people have to navigate mental health issues alone,” said Nyjah King, co-president of We Wear the Mask.

Learn more about We Wear the Mask and its work around campus.

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