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Saturday, October 10, was World Mental Health Day. When the Faculty Council met the day before, one important agenda item was a discussion of campus well-being and mental health. Several of the invited panelists from the session offered resources during the meeting that have been compiled below. The meeting was recorded.

It is widely recognized that people are feeling higher levels of stress, anxiety and apathy these days. We see it among students, faculty, staff and community members; of course, it’s more than understandable. As one panelist, Professor Mitch Prinstein, wrote in an email to his students: “There’s no shortage of reasons why you may be feeling that way. A worldwide pandemic. Remote classes. The judgements about Breonna Taylor’s attackers. An intense election season. Midterms. If you are not feeling okay these days, that would make perfect sense.”

He reminds his students to, “Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend, and know that no one will judge you if you can’t be your best self this year.” Then goes on to remind them to seek resources if they are struggling with their mental health, writing: “If you’ve been feeling down most of the day on most days for a couple of weeks, or so anxious it becomes hard to stop worrying then you may be experiencing challenges that could benefit from treatment. Therapy is accessible to you confidentially, and perhaps even at no/low cost and it can make you feel a whole lot better in just 6-8 weeks.”

Please share these resources widely. Also, keep in mind that the COVID-19 Faculty Support Hub offers a variety of resources.

Campus well-being and mental health resources
October 9, 2020 Faculty Council meeting

Find a PDF of the list at this link.

From Desirée Rieckenberg, Dean of Students

From Allen O’Barr, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

From Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Professor of Psychiatry

From Mitch Prinstein, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Assistant Dean for Honors Carolina

Find A Therapist (and Related Resources)

    1. CAPS:
    2. Community Clinic (small fee)
    3. Peer2Peer for anonymous support and resources from a fellow student.
    4. Student Wellness:
      • Here are links for meditation, mindful movement, self-compassion and emotional wellness
    5. UNC Learning Center has some great PDFS and links
    6. Find a therapist
    7. Compass Center,

Resources for Underrepresented Students

    1. Association of Black Psychologists Directory
    2. Inclusive Therapists
    3. Innopsych
    4. LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory
    5. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
    6. Psychology Today Directory of African American Therapists
    7. Therapy for Black Men


  1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  2. Hopeline Suicide Hotline
    • 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  3. Trans Lifeline
    • 877-565-8860
  4. Lifeline CrisisChat
  5. IMAlive
  6. Crisis Text Line
  7. A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Information and Referral Line 
    • 800.DONT.CUT (366-8288)
  8. National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
  9. National Sexual Assault Hotline
    • 800.656. HOPE (4673)
  10. Rape Crisis Lines
    • Chapel Hill: 1-866-WeListen
    • Raleigh: 919-618-RAPE
    • Durham: 919-688-2883
    • Orange Country Rape Crisis Center website:
  11. Nutrition and Eating Disorders
    • 1-630-577-1330



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