College can be a challenging, stressful experience. Here's a look at resources for UNC students to help them prioritize their mental health and well-being while at the University.
Counseling and Psychological Services
UNC Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, offers free mental health resources for students.
Avery Cook, the interim director of CAPS, said they want students to know how accessible mental health resources are for students at any time.
“We have CAPS availability 24/7, which means if a student calls CAPS at any time — day, night, weekend, holidays, whatever — they can talk to a therapist right then,” Cook said. “So, at three in the morning on a Tuesday, if someone is feeling anxious or feeling homesick or worried about adjusting, they can call our number and get one right then.”
CAPS is available by phone 24/7 at (919) 966-3658. Cook added that CAPS has walk-in hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with no cut-off time — as long as you get in line before 4 p.m., you will be seen that day.
“We always want students to know that they always have access to support and whatever it is that they may be dealing with,” Cook said. “We'll help them get connected with whatever would be helpful and getting them sort of back on track.”
Elizabeth Christensen is a psychologist at CAPS that specializes in individual and group therapy and is the co-coordinator of CAPS’ group therapy program.
She said they usually run around 20 to 25 different groups per semester, ranging from support groups, grief groups, and more.