Helping Give Away Psychological Science/1789: Dealing With Mental Crisis on a University Campus

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Disclaimer: If you think you may have a mental health emergency, call 911 immediately and ask for emergency responders with crisis interview team (CIT) training. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, please call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.

Mental Health Resources for the Carolina Community/Chapel Hill[edit | edit source]

This page contains resources compiled by Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) for individuals who are struggling or know someone struggling with suicidal ideation. This page also includes resources for general help and coping outside of crises.

In 2021, 51.8% of college students felt lonely, 26% of students had suicidal ideations, and 2.7% attempted suicide.[1]Applied to UNC's undergraduate population[2] of 19,845 students, the numbers would be 10,280 (lonely), 5,157 (suicidal ideation), 536 (attempted), respectively. We want to see these numbers decline and provide resources and help everyone through these difficult times!

This page is not a comprehensive list of all resources available, but serves as a starting point for anybody trying to find help.

Crisis Response[edit | edit source]

This section contains resources for various crisis hotlines and helplines specifically catering to suicide prevention. There are both phone numbers that can be used to call and talk to someone and numbers to text.

  1. National 988 Lifeline:
    1. Call or Text 988 (available 24/7)
  2. Hopeline:
    1. Hopeline Crisis Hotline (available 24/7): 919-231-4525 or 877-235-4525
    2. Text Line is open M-F: 10am - 10pm & Sat-Sun: 10am - 4pm
  3. The Trevor Project: a website for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking mental health and community guidance. Everything is confidential and secure:
    1. The Trevor Project Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386;
      1. Available 24/7/365 nationwide, standard rates may apply.
    2. Text line: text “START” to 678-678
      1. Available 24/7/365 nationwide, standard rates may apply.
    3. Online Chat Option:
      1. Available 24/7/365 nationwide.
  4. Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Crisis Hotline for those thinking about suicide, avaliable 24/7 across the US.
    1. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    2. En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454
    3. For those Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.
    4. Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 or text 838225 or click this line to chat with VCL
    5. Disaster Distress Line: Call/text 1-800-985-5990
      1. DDH Videophone for those Deaf or Hard of Hearing American Sign Language Users: ASL Now
  5. NAMI HelpLine: A hotline for if you or someone one you know is in crisis:
    1. Number: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email
      1. Available Mon-Fri 10am-10pm E.T.  
  6. Crisis Hotlines: A website compiling various crises hotlines including those for suicidal ideations, human trafficking, dometic violence and child abuse.
  7. Crises Hotlines: Another website compiling crises hotlines for suicidal thoughts, alcohol and substance abuse, and domestic violence.
  8. North Carolina Hotlines: Here you can find general national hotlines and more specific crisis centers organized by county.

General Resources[edit | edit source]

  1. Suicide Ideation
    1. How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal - Mental Health First Aid: Resource for how to help people who may be suicidal and the signs of suicide.
  2. Mental Health Assistance Information
    1. 5 Actions Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain - NIMH: Quick document on tips about empathy and understanding for those in emotional distress.
    2. Speaking Out About Suicide - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Basic information on how to help someone recover and speak about their experiences with suicide. It gives advice and things to avoid when talking about your experience.
  3. General Information Infographics
An infographic that shows how to communicate about people regarding depression and emotional distress.
A small infographic displaying warning signs you might see in others indicating possible suicidal ideation.

Community Resources[edit | edit source]

  1. General Mental Health Resources
    1. Mental health resources for the Chapel Hill community:
      1. A list of mental health resources that was compiled by the Daily Tar Heel for the Chapel Hill Community
    2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline:
      1. 24/7 helpline, provides referrals for community organizations, treatment centers, and support groups.
  2. Grief/Loss Resources
    1. Grief and Bereavement Support - UNC Medical Center: “If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, you may feel very much alone. Our hospice bereavement support can help. We welcome not only our hospice families, but anyone from the community who desires support.”
    2. Survivors of Suicide Loss: Free, open, drop-in group therapy.
    3. Support Groups Triangle Survivors of Suicide: Links to support groups in the Orange County Area.
  3. Suicide Ideation
    1. How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal: Signs of suicide and 5 strategies for how to help someone who is suicidal.
    2. Suicidal Thoughts Help: Warning signs for suicide prevention.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Campus Resources[edit | edit source]

This section contains mental health resources directed towards the UNC-Chapel Hill community. It ranges from resources for counseling services for students to information for faculty.

  1. Counseling Services
    1. Counseling and Psychological Services: On campus mental health services for UNC undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoc students.
    2. CAPS 24 hour hotline: to speak about any urgent emotional or mental health concerns  (919-966-3658)
    3. Wellness Coaching: A page regarding Wellness Coaching which is no-cost, individualized goal-oriented, lifestyle or academic coaching.
  2. Grief/Loss Resources:
    1. Grief Group: Living with Loss - CAPS: Grief group available at CAPS.
  3. Suicide Ideation:
    1. Faculty Guide: Students of Concern: Resource for UNC faculty to learn about how to help students they may be concerned about.
  4. Mental Health Assistance Information:
    1. Mental Health First Aid - UNC School of Social Work: Learn how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.
    2. Stigma Free UNC: A campaign on UNC including both faculty and students for spreading knowledge about mental health.
    3. Mental Health Screening: A site with brief screenings to determine the quality of your mental health.
  5. Academic Stress:
    1. Academic Success: A list of CAPS pages and tips regarding academic success in spite of mental illness.
    2. Mental Wellbeing Resources: A useful list of apps for meditation, relaxation, and self-care.
    3. Peer Tutoring: Information about peer tutoring for those struggling academically.
  6. Group Support:
    1. Peer2Peer: A student-led, anonymous group for mental health support. You can call, zoom, or text.

  1. National College Health Assessment. (2022, February 10). Fall 2021 - Reference Group Executive Summary. American College Association. Retrieved February 25, 2022, from
  2. "Analytic Reports | OIRA". Retrieved 2022-02-25.