Look for helpers

The heartbreaking news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas drives me to reaffirm our role as being a supportive resource to the WFU community.  You do not need to identify as a survivor or know a victim of violence to experience the emotional and physical effects of violent action.  The impact of violence and terror can be immediate for some, and for others can not appear until some time has passed.  For some, talking about the event, acknowledging the resulting feelings, and focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence.  Talking with a mental health professional can also be a useful step in moving through the pain.

Our mental health services are available for all WFU students, and we invite you to view our Diversity Statement as one affirmation of our commitment to providing nonjudgmental listening and care.  We also remain available as colleagues to Wake Forest staff and faculty who would benefit from consultation as we all continue the work of supporting one another and growing together.

For both support and referral to providers in your area, Wake Forest University students can speak with a mental health professional by contacting the University Counseling Center at 336-758-5273, 24 hours a day.  WFU faculty and staff can find counseling and support through the university’s Employee Assistance Program. Please see below for additional information on how to care for yourself and others:

And here’s one of the best recommendations I can give on a day-to-day basis:  work to find balance in the face of stress and anxiety.  Take a break from media and news, connect with people around you, your thoughts, nature, or all of the above.  And remember one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite people, Mr. Rogers:

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