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Thursday October 21st

Editorial: Mental health resources for the Chapel Hill community

Campus Health Services, located in the James A. Taylor building, offers a variety of medical services including nutrition, pharmacy, radiology, counseling and psychological services and other wellness care.
Buy Photos Campus Health Services, located in the James A. Taylor building, offers a variety of medical services including nutrition, pharmacy, radiology, counseling and psychological services and other wellness care.

In light of recent events, the Editorial Board has compiled a list of mental health resources for the UNC community. These resources are intended to be helpful for people throughout the UNC and Chapel Hill communities. If there are other resources we should add to the list we encourage you to send us an email at dth@dailytarheel.com.

  • If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, is available 24/7. It is free and confidential. 
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741 (open 24/7) 
  • UNC students who need assistance during this time may contact Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of the Dean of Students or Student Wellness. CAPS can be reached 24/7 by phone at 919-966-3658. University employees can reach out to the Employee Assistance Program.
  • Peer supporters from student-run organization Peer2Peer, which offers mental health resources for graduate and undergraduate students, can be reached through their online form. Students can remain anonymous.
  • Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group is for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Attendance is not required each month and you can attend as needed. There are no fees required. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the United Church of Chapel Hill in the Parlor Room, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill. For more information about the group, please email Jodi Flick joflick@email.unc.edu prior to attending.
  • Mental health first aid training provides free training for faculty, students and staff.  All October events are full, but November event dates will be posted later this week, according to Tara Bohley, who oversees the program.  
  • Additional UNC mental health resources can be found here, courtesy of UNC School of Social Work.
  • Psychology Today and Good Therapy has a list of licensed therapists and can be filtered by location, insurance network and specialty area.
  • Faith Connections on Mental Illness is a Triangle-area group working with all faith communities to welcome, include, support, educate and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness. It provides support, education and forum, and helps create connections between individuals with mental illness or those caring for them.
  • Family Advocacy Network provides support for parents and caregivers of children with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. 
  • Josh’s Hope Foundation works with young adults who have serious mental health issues, helping them identify resources, build skills and develop plans to successfully transition to adulthood.
  • Mind Path Care Centers provides compassionate mental health care throughout North Carolina by helping clients match with a therapist or psychologist that fits their needs.
  • The Orange County Health Department offers free short-term counseling to clinic patients experiencing mental health issues.
  • UNC Care Team for outreach, information and referral for UNC students of concern 
  • The Trevor Project crisis line for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and questioning peers: 1-877-565-8860 
  • Your Life Your Voice teen crisis hotline for if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or you are being abused: 1-800-448-3000 
  • HopeLine NC is a local crisis/suicide prevention helpline: 919-231-4525
  • UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health provides treatment and support services for people with severe mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual or developmental disabilities: 200 N. Greensboro St. Suite C-3 Carrboro, N.C. 27510, 919-962-4919
  • Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a nonprofit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office and online mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children and families in need. 
  • Melanin Therapy is a comprehensive directory of treatment options designed to meet the unique mental health needs of African-Americans and people of color. 

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