The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center stands in solidarity with those who are feeling anger, grief, fear, and concern in the wake of the death of Tyre Nichols. For those who choose to view it, the footage of Nichols being attacked can cause very visceral reactions and may lead to vicarious trauma. Many may be frustrated as Black people continue to die at the hands of the police at much higher rates than other groups. These emotions are completely valid, and the Counseling Center is here to provide support for those who may be struggling.
The Counseling Center’s support comes in many forms, including trauma response, outreach and prevention consultations, and counseling services. We have trained professionals who offer these services. We are available weekdays from 8 – 5 p.m. (with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays). Please call us at 217-333-3704. If you need to speak with someone after we are closed, please call the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141.
Below are some additional resources you may find helpful.
University of Illinois Resources
Counseling Center Brochure: Coping with Race-Related Stress
Counseling Center Brochure: Trauma
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
How to Process the Killing of Tyre Nichols, with American Psychological Association President Dr. Thema Bryant (video)
Emotionally Restorative Self-Care for People of Color (video)
Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress
Resources for Allies
How White People Can be Better Allies to the Black Community
Guide to Being an Ally
How to be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues