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Duke Student Affairs
 
Monday, October 11, 2021
Dear students,

Following a difficult weekend of loss at UNC, the Duke community stands in empathy and support for our friends in Chapel Hill. Students wearing all shades of blue navigate many personal and academic stressors on a day-to-day basis, and mental health has a very real impact on all members of our campus communities in ways often unseen or under-recognized.

We are living during some particularly stressful times and yet we're encouraged by the decreasing stigma concerning mental health challenges, and the increasing availability of resources to support us all. 

You’ll find below a reminder about resources available to all Duke students.  Do reach out to friends, loved ones, and these resources whenever you need to talk.  Thank you for always being willing to check on your friends and classmates and for taking time to seek support and balance for yourselves. Let us continue to care for ourselves and each other—our collective well-being is our greatest asset. 

Yours,

John Blackshear, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Gary Bennett, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

Mary Pat McMahon, Vice Provost of Student Affairs

WELLNESS RESOURCES

Students have access to a range of wellness resources and support through Duke’s Student Wellness Center.

BLUE DEVILS CARE: 24/7 telemental-health support to all students at no cost, through immediate and scheduled appointments. Visit BlueDevilsCare.duke.edu.

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers many services to Duke students, including telemental-health appointments. Any student can call 919-660-1000 to speak with someone, or for assistance with referrals in your local community. 

DUKEREACH: DukeReach will help you identify support services from among the variety of resources across campus or in your local community. You can contact DukeReach at 919-681-2455 or by emailing dukereach@duke.edu

DUWELL: DuWell engages students through a variety of wellness experiences across campus in an effort to manage stress and reduce anxiety while emphasizing self-care.  

STUDENT HEALTH: Student Health is the primary source for a wide range of healthcare services for all Duke students. During COVID-19, Student Health remains open for essential services and offers virtual visits, and students may call (919) 681-9355, option 2, during business hours to speak to a triage nurse. For urgent matters after hours, students can always speak to a nurse by calling 919-966-3820.

“TWO-CLICK TO CONNECT” FORM: In just two clicks, you can select the category of person who will reach out to you within 24-48 hours, be it a trained Peer For You responder or a DukeReach staff member. These individuals are here to discuss whatever’s on your mind, help guide you through stressful times, and connect you to resources. Visit https://bit.ly/TwoClickSupport.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

IDENTITY AND CULTURAL CENTERS: The Student Affairs Identity and Cultural Centers also serve as important resources and places of connection and support for many of our students. The centers are offering programming and support throughout the year, including summer. Our ICCs include: Center for Multicultural Affairs, Center for Muslim Life, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, International House, Jewish Life at Duke, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, and the Women’s Center.  

RELIGIOUS LIFE AT DUKE: Religious Life at Duke offers a wide range of student supports, whether or not you are connected to a religious tradition at all. Visit their website to connect with leaders from any of Duke's diverse faith groups, all of whom are experienced in offering emotional and spiritual care, and a non-anxious presence with a humanistic listening ear, to college-age students. 

SA ON-CALL TEAM: Student Affairs has a 24/7 on-call team to support urgent student matters. For urgent concerns after business hours, you may contact the Dean on-Call (cell: 984-287-0300), or if you are living in residential spaces, you may connect with the Residence Coordinator On-Call by contacting your Residential Assistant On-Call or directly through Duke Police (919-684-2444).