During busy and stressful times, it's easy to continue with our repetitious life and keep doing the same things day after day, said Kyle Bourassa, a clinical psychology researcher and a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University Medical Center.
"One of the best things people can do is give themselves the time and space to take stock," Bourassa said. "To pause and think about what’s important and remind yourself why you’re taking the actions you are, particularly during difficult times."
The challenge affects all parts of the community from faculty and staff to undergraduate and graduate and professional students.
Below is a list of Duke health and wellness resources for faculty, staff and students.
HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES
- Blue Devils Care offers Duke students 24/7, no-cost mental health support as well as scheduled counseling for common issues and concerns. All services are provided virtually.
- The Campus Center Pharmacy remains open during the pandemic. Find current hours on their website.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a service for undergraduate, graduate and professional students that provides short-term individual and group counseling, couples counseling and more. It also offers a multitude of resources and referrals to help you cope during stressful or difficult times.
- Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has appointments available (in-person and video visit) for faculty, staff, Graduate Medical Education (GME) trainees, and their families (including children) who are seeking support related to stress management, coping resources, and behavioral health concerns. In-person and video appointments are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 919-681-1631.
- DukeReach provides comprehensive outreach services to identify and support students in managing all aspects of well-being. If you’re concerned about the physical or mental well-being of yourself or another student, visit its website for resources and assistance.
- DuWell offers self-care advice, mindfulness resources and other services to help you holistically manage daily stress and improve your happiness.
- International House is a resource to lend support for international students and families.
- Personal Assistance Service is the faculty and employee assistance program that offers assessment, short-term counseling and referrals to help resolve a range of personal, work and family problems. PAS services are available free of charge to Duke faculty and staff, and their immediate family members.
- Recreation & Physical Education offers a variety of virtual resources and programs to help you stay active and connected to their fitness experts.
- Religious Life at Duke offers a wide range of student support and ways to connect with clergy from any of Duke’s diverse faith groups
- Student Health is open for essential services and can connect students with any support they need, including prescription management. It also offers telehealth visits to students residing in NC.
- The Women’s Center provides therapeutic services to survivors of gender violence. This includes sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and both in-person and cyber sexual harassment. Services are available to all genders.
If you are looking for additional emergency resources:
- North Carolina Department Health and Human Services offers crisis services. Anyone may request crisis or emergency services in North Carolina for mental health, substance abuse, intellectual and developmental disabilities issues.
- Crisis Textline: Text START to 741-741
- Crisis Textline for Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741-741
- National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) | suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- LGBTQ Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386 | TheTrevorProject.org
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 | translifeline.org
- Addictions Hotline: 1-888-984-0363 | 24houraddictionhelp.org
- Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, select 1
- The Jed Foundation has many resources for college age students and families. Text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
If you need help, please reach out to one of these resources, to a friend, colleague, neighbor or family member. There are people here who care about you. If you or someone you know is thinking about harming themselves, call 9-1-1.