The Counseling Center at Illinois is deeply saddened and troubled by this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. We send our condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives and those who were injured while protesting hateful rhetoric from white supremacist groups. These acts of violence have no place anywhere, but we are especially saddened this happened on a college campus—where diversity of people and ideas are historically embraced. At Illinois, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues at the University of Virginia and continue to work toward social justice.
If you need support during this troubling time, we’re here for you. We offer trauma responses, outreach and prevention programming, and counseling services for students. We’re located in the Student Services Building at the corner of Sixth and John Streets in Champaign and are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We schedule first time appointments on a same day basis. Our offices open at 7:50 a.m. and we recommend that you call early as our appointments often fill quickly. If you feel that you need to see a counselor immediately, please come to the Counseling Center. If you need to speak with someone after 5 p.m., 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: Surviving Psychological Trauma
Counseling Center Brochure: Experiencing and Expressing Emotion
Counseling Center Brochure: Coping with Race-Related Stress
Strategies for Coping with Fear After a Traumatic Event
Self-Care For People of Color After Psychological Trauma
12 Ways to Be a White Ally to Black People
How White People Can Support People of Color Now
Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Statement on Violence in Charlottesville