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We, at the University of Washington Counseling Center, express our grief, sorrow, anger and compassion to all those who have been impacted by racial injustice that is occurring across our nation. Most recently, we witnessed the killings of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo, and we were triggered by the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. We are in solidarity with too many communities in mourning, most recently Black, Latinx, Sikh, and AAPI communities. These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. Our hearts are with the millions of protestors who have marched around the world denouncing police brutality and bringing awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement. While we feel emboldened by the increase in collective action and the solidarity expressed over the course of the previous year, we mourn as we bear witness to continued violence towards BIPOC bodies in a society that continues to uphold white supremacy instead of justice. Systemic racism and anti-blackness are deeply rooted forces of oppression in this country and dismantling both will require each of us to do our part.
As a mental health service, UWCC is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by racial trauma. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness, or guilt. We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. Please refer to our website and blog for more resources, including resources for Black students, students who identify as Non-Black People of Color, as well as White students.
We affirm the humanity of all BIPOC communities, while also committing ourselves to anti-racist policies and practices. We see you, we hear you, and we stand with you.
This resource is intended to help the UW community, particularly faculty and staff, navigate important conversations about violence perpetrated against communities of color. In this resource guide, you will find strategies for fostering thoughtful and difficult conversations in light of emotionally- or politically-charged news as well as mental health resources for students who may need additional support during challenging times.
Click here to learn more about Common Reactions towards the Coronavirus, Coping skills, dealing with biases and discriminations, and other resources.
The University of Washington have transitioned from in-person to classes to online classes due to the Coronavirus. Studying from home can be very challenging and you may find yourself easily distracted. Here are some tips for studying from home.
Daily exposure to news about coronavirus may result in a range of responses. Reactions can be emotional, somatic, and/or behavioral, and can impact mental and physical health. Download and save the flyer for quick reference on how to cope during this difficult time.
How to Get Help
The Counseling Center offers multiple options for students seeking help coping with stress and mental health concerns. Students who are currently enrolled in degree-seeking programs at the Seattle campus are eligible for our counseling services.
Wants tips to manage stress right now? Our mental health resources page contains relaxation podcasts, suggested mental health apps, and topical information (e.g., academic success, culture shock, grief), and more.
The Counseling Center offers individual short-term counseling to degree-seeking students enrolled at the Seattle campus. Students receiving short-term counseling will meet for an average of four to six sessions, scheduled bi-weekly or monthly. Learn more about the counseling process or read some frequently asked questions about counseling.
The Counseling Center offers referrals for students interested in long-term or specialized counseling.
The Counseling Center has partnered with My SSP to give students access to real-time, confidential mental health and crisis intervention support, 24/7 and in multiple languages. There are several ways to connect: