The recent deaths of three students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who identified as Muslim understandably evoke a variety of responses from across our own campus community. Students, faculty, and staff at Illinois may experience fear, vicarious trauma and other responses related to this tragedy. The Counseling Center understands there may be complicated emotions related to identity, oppression, discrimination in the wake of a hate crime. We extend our condolences to those impacted by the deaths of UNC students Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, and we are here to support Illinois students who feel they need to talk to someone about their reactions to this tragedy.
Below, we’ve compiled some resources to assist our community. We realize there are very real issues of social justice and acceptance that need to be addressed locally, nationally and globally. It is our hope that these resources help those affected to focus on their mental well-being. In addition to these resources, we’re available to counsel University of Illinois students. Please call 217-333-3704 to make a same day appointment. Our Counseling Center is located in the Turner Student Services Building on the corner of Sixth and John Streets. If you need to talk to someone after hours, please call the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141.
University of Illinois Resources
Counseling Center Brochure: Surviving Psychological Trauma
Counseling Center Brochure: Experiencing and Expressing Emotion
Strategies for Coping with Fear After a Traumatic Event
Suggestions for Helping Yourself and Others You Care About
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
University of Illinois Muslim Student Association