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Ask the CCSD

To round out Virtual Fresh Check Week 2020, at noon on Friday, October 30, CCSD staff will host a live panel to answer your questions about mental health and wellness, services and resources, coping strategies and more. Questions must be submitted in advance here: https://delaware.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7OoPVM7Pc3JSQwB

Join us on Friday, October 30, at 12:00pm:

In the meantime, check out the student-led virtual booths provided by Active Minds, Collegiate Recovery Community, Friends4Friends, Sexual Offense Support, and Student Wellness & Health Promotion interns: https://sites.udel.edu/studentwellness/project/fresh-check-day

Indigenous Peoples Day

October 12 is Indigenous Peoples Day. Indigenous Peoples Day acknowledges the impact of European settlement and celebrates Indigenous resilience throughout the Americas. It advocates for Native visibility and representation. It has been adopted by multiple states and cities in the U.S. in an effort to reclaim the whitewashed narrative and the erasure of the true histories of colonialism, genocide, and racism that Native peoples have experienced and continue to face.

In observance of Indigenous Peoples Day, the CCSD acknowledges that the Delaware River and surrounding lands have been home to the Lenape people for thousands of years. We remember the original inhabitants of this land, the Lenape people, past and present, and honor the First State with gratitude for its Indigenous stewards.

Other ways to support the Indigenous population include attending an online class on Native American history, listening to music by a Native artist, or learning about the history of the land that you occupy.

For more information on Native culture and history, as well as online programs, please visit the National Museum of the American Indian: https://americanindian.si.edu

For more information about local tribes, please see:

Coping with COVID Support Group

Have you received a recent positive diagnosis or just found out you were exposed to COVID and now in self-quarantine? This is a space to connect with others and receive support and talk about ways to stay mentally healthy during this time.

Offered every Thursday 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. October 8th through November 19th.  Download the flyer below for more information or click here to register.

Statement Regarding Breonna Taylor

To the UD community:

We at CCSD want to express our collective grief and anger in regards to the unjust verdict of the grand jury indictment of the Breonna Taylor criminal case. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered.  All Black lives matter. We stand with our Black Identified UD community against these repeated actions of police brutality, violence and systemic oppression towards Black Folx, and understand that this can be a difficult time for many. We at CCSD are aware of the emotional impact of Breonna Taylor’s murder, and countless other acts of violence towards Black Folx, has on our Blue Hen Community. It’s worth saying again that it is normal to experience strong emotions related to these repeated racial traumas which can range from anger to despair, fear and hopelessness, and chronic exhaustion. We at CCSD want to let you know we are here to support you.  Below are several of our resources for our students who may need emotional support during these times.

For those Black Identified students who need a place of support, we have the Black Identified Student Support Group that meets via Zoom on Tuesdays from 3- 4:30 pm. It is facilitated by Dr. Ghynecee Temple and Dr. Jennifer Major. If you would like to join, please see the flyer for RSVP information.

If you find that you need support in processing your experience, or would just like to speak with a counselor, contact us at 302-831-2141.

Student of Color Virtual Drop-in hours:   Students of color can meet with staff of color without going through our triage process.  To access these appointments, call our main number and request one of these meetings.  You will be offered the first available open time.  Current hours are Tuesdays at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. & 1:00 P.M., and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. If these times do not work with your schedule, please let our front desk staff know you would like to meet with a Counselor of Color and we will work with you to have you meet with one of them.

The UDHelpline is available 24x7x365 for phone support at 302-831-1001.

People of color can also text STEVE to 741741 for a crisis counselor.

Black student support group Fall 20

Blue Hen Bounty

Blue Hen Bounty is a student-run food pantry that provides supplemental nutrition to all UD students in need of this support.   They are currently open and available by appointment only.  Please visit their website for more information, or click on the picture below for a downloadable .PDF.

Blue Hen Bounty

A Message from the CCSD to the Black Community

On the eve of the fall semester, our hearts are heavy following another week of unspeakable violence and trauma against Black Americans. We at the CCSD, stand in solidarity with our UD Black community and condemn the violence and re-traumatization towards Black people across the nation.  The shooting of Jacob Blake–now paralyzed–by a white police officer and the murders of peaceful protesters in the past week have been horrifying and continue to remind us of the violence against Black and Brown people that has been happening this year…and for hundreds of years.

The death of Chadwick Boseman was another blow. A man who inspired so many of us with his work in films like Black Panther lost a long and largely private battle with cancer.  For our community members of color, we know this is heartbreaking news at a time already marred by the loss of far too many role models and leaders. Of Boseman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote: “He was and is a celluloid monument as powerful as the Lincoln Memorial, a visual manifestation of the qualities African Americans strive for, so that his name itself conjures the image of a black man with integrity and courage.”

It’s been a challenging year in many ways. At the CCSD, we encourage you to practice self-care in whatever way is meaningful to you.  Connect with your friends and family.  Talk about what it’s like for you to hear about and consider these many losses and continued acts of violence. Think about what you can do to make your world and your community a better place. And if you think talking to a professional counselor could be helpful for you, please give us a call.

If you’re an ally and would like to help bring about change, here are some organizations to consider:

Support for the Loss of The Chabad Center

The CCSD recognizes and mourns the loss by arson of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life. A source of support and fellowship for our Jewish students, faculty, and staff, the Chabad Center was an active part of the university’s faith community. We condemn this act of anti-Semitism, which has undoubtedly brought forth fear, anxiety, and generational trauma in our Jewish community. Students impacted by this loss are encouraged to contact our center at 302-831-2141 or call the UD Helpline at 302-831-1001.

To donate to the GoFundMe established to help rebuild the Center, go to:

Tragedy in Lebanon

We at the CCSD join the world in mourning the horrific explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020. With over 100 dead and thousands injured and displaced, our hearts go out to the residents of Beirut, and to all Lebanese people in our UD community and around the world. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, this additional trauma is all the more difficult to absorb. If you are a UD student who has been impacted by this event, please reach out to the counseling center at 302-831-2141 or the UD Helpline at 831-1001 (24/7). 

Resources for resilience and self-care in times of crisis:
Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror 
101 Ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming
Taking care of yourself
Coping with disaster

Additional UD Resources for Support:
UD’s Office for International Students and Scholars: (http://www1.udel.edu/oiss/)
Office of Dean of Students: (https://sites.udel.edu/deanofstudents/)

Ways to assist relief efforts in Beirut:
The Lebanese Red Cross
Impact Lebanon’s Fundraiser
The Embrace Lifeline is a helpline that provides mental health support for those in need in Lebanon 

Statement of Support for the UD Student Community

The CCSD acknowledges the disappointment and loss many students and families are feeling in the wake of the University’s July 22 announcement that the majority of fall 2020 courses will be delivered online. With the majority of classes now being delivered on-line, as well as a significant reduction of on-campus housing and in-person activities, we recognize that the start of this academic year will look–and feel–unlike any other. From incoming freshmen who ended their high school careers remotely and must now begin their college careers remotely, to any student suffering disappointment, frustration, anxiety, sadness, and loss, the CCSD is here to support you. Although our services are being delivered remotely, our hearts are right there with you. Please reach out to us at 302-831-2141 to consult, inquire about individual or group counseling services, or touch base with our Referral Coordinator regarding mental health resources in your area. First year students are eligible for CCSD services once classes begin on September 1st; referral consultations are available prior to that date. The UD Helpline is also accessible 24/7/365 at 302-831-1001. Please, take good care of yourselves; we look forward to seeing you in person as soon as it is safe to do so!

Resources for Incoming Students, Family, and Friends

While starting college represents a fresh start in many respects, it also poses new challenges.
This brochure is intended for incoming students who have a history of mental health concerns
or prior treatment, regardless of how well things are going now.

Please visit our resources for family and friends page and our support for self-care page for additional resources.

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Statement to Support Chinese and APIDA Community

Racism and Xenophobia against  Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community has increased due to Covid-19.  Public officials have contributed to xenophobia by referring to the virus in racist terms. UD students and community members have experienced hate crimes in the form of harassment, being told to go back to China and have experienced a recent threat by receiving racist flyers on their doors and cars.  We are appalled and condemn hate and racism. The CCSD recognizes the fear, pain and anger experienced by our Asian Community.  We stand in solidarity with you and are available to provide a safe space for you to talk and seek support.

Please consider using the following resources as needed:

  • Center for Counseling and Student Development for counseling and support 302-831-2141
  • UDHelpline- for evening and weekend hour support, available in several languages 302-831-1001
  • Office of the Dean of Students-to report experience and seek guidance deanofstudents@udel.edu
  • The Office of International Students and Scholars 302-831-2115
  • Asian American Advancing Justice-for support and to report www.standagainsthatred.org
  • The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law https://8449nohate.org/
  • The Stop Hate Hotline 1-844-9-NO-HATE available in several languages

Hearing the Voices of UD Students

At the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD), we are hearing your concerns with our services and with those of the mental health community.  Thank you for making these issues known to us and for speaking your voice – we will continue to listen and make changes that attend to your concerns.  We understand that the center is not meeting the expectations of all of our students seeking counseling. While we can’t provide all things, we want to be more responsible to student needs. Among others, a particular concern we hear is feeling “turned away” and the challenges of having to wait for services.  CCSD must be a place where students feel comfortable accessing our services. We will continue to look for ways to ensure our services are welcoming to minoritized students on campus.

We are having conversations in our center to work on changes and I personally welcome anyone interested in being part of a student advisory group to use this application. Your responses will be seen by me and CCSD staff. The Student Advisory Committee will convene in early September. Our center needs input from diverse student voices to help us design our offerings.


Brad Wolgast
Director, Center for Counseling and Student Development

Black Lives Matter

To Our Campus Community,

In the past weeks, Breonna Taylor’s and George Floyd’s lives were cut short by police actions. As a center, in striving toward social justice values, we unequivocally condemn these acts of racism and white supremacy and stand in support of the ongoing protests in calling for justice and police accountability. As a center, we believe Black Lives Matter.

Counselors at CCSD join you and your feelings about these senseless deaths and are aware of the impact this has on individuals within our Black community. It is normal to be experiencing strong emotions which can range from anger to despair. If you find that you need support in processing your experience, or would just like to speak with a counselor, contact us at 302-831-2141. Counselors of Color are available at your request. The UDHelpline is available 24x7x365 for phone support at 302-831-1001. Young people of color can also text STEVE to 741741 for a crisis counselor.

Here are some online resources for those who are in pain for the trauma, especially the Black staff and students in our community.

  1. The Impact of Racial Trauma on African Americans
  2. Coping While Black: A Season of Traumatic News Takes a Psychological Toll 
  3. Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma
  4. Family Community Self Care Tool Kit
  5. Black Lives Matter Meditation
  6. #racialtraumaisreal

Here is some information for people who are interested in learning more:

  1.  Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge
  2. 5 Steps Latinos Can Take to Combat Anti-Blackness
  3. 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now

Black Lives Matter

Message about the Recent Murders of Black and Brown Men and Women

Dear UD students – –

As Director of the CCSD and as a person, I am disturbed and sickened by the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor.

​Unfortunately, their deaths remind of us of how often tragedies like these happen in our country and neighborhoods. The deaths add new names to a horrible list but not new consequences to racism and the pervasiveness of racism against Black and Brown people. Events like these and the protests in so many cities weigh heavily on everyone, especially Black and Brown people.

I encourage each of you to care for yourselves in the best ways you can. If you are a white person, identifying ways to support your Black and Brown friends, classmates and neighbors and letting everyone know that what is happening is not okay with you.

To everyone – I want you to know that we are here for you. The counseling center is available M-F from 8-4:30 – – call us (302-831-2141) to speak with someone if you think it could be useful.  Be gentle with yourself.


Brad Wolgast, PhD, CBSM
Center for Counseling and Student Development
University of Delaware

CCSD check-in with international students

With Meenal Jog, M.Ed. and Hsiu-Hui Chen, Ph.D.

Friday, May 29
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development invites UD’s international students and scholars to check in this Friday to discuss any stressors that might be impacting you during this challenging time.

If you are interested in attending this session, please RSVP and read the disclaimer. A Zoom link will be sent on Friday at noon to the email address provided.
Register for this Check-in

Statement regarding the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

We, the staff at CCSD, join in mourning the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man whose death has only recently garnered media attention. We unequivocally condemn acts of violence and hatred, and are aware that they trigger racial trauma. We particularly condemn this as an act of anti-Black racism and stand in solidarity with African-American members of our community.

If you would like to seek support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling our center at 302-831-2141, and you can additionally request to speak with a staff member of color. Please see further resources and information below.

The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

The Impact of Racial Trauma on African Americans

Coping While Black: A Season of Traumatic News Takes a Psychological Toll 

Taking Care of Yourself and Others During Racial Trauma

Introduction to Mental Health Awareness Month

Join us as we go virtual with Mental Health Awareness Month.  Paying attention to mental health is more important than ever as we deal with self-isolation, stress and grief.  There have been many losses experienced such as leaving campus early, having virtual graduation, financial stress, and for some of us the death of family members.  Please take some time and view our page for resources to help.  Remember we are here for you.

Fresh Check-in at Home

Check in with us! CCSD invites you to participate in Fresh Check-in at Home. Due to COVID-19, the second annual Fresh Check Day at UD was cancelled this year. However, the Jordan Porco Foundation has created an alternative. As many of us adjust to a remote world in which we are working and learning from home, it’s more important than ever to find ways to stay connected and take care of our mental health. CCSD wants to make sure that you’re being kind to yourself during this difficult time, and taking some time to observe Mental Health Awareness Month. We may not be able to bring the fun, fair-like atmosphere of Fresh Check Day to you, but the Jordan Porco Foundation has put together a selection of activities that can be done at home. These activities will help reduce stress, enhance connectedness, get your body moving, tap into your creativity, put you in a positive mindset, and help you to focus on what’s meaningful and within your control. CCSD staff members will also be participating in Fresh Check-in at Home activities this month, and sharing some examples on our blog. Check back soon for updates! For more information, visit https://www.rememberingjordan.org/check-in-at-home

Fresh Check Day 2020

COVID Coping Resources for Student Veterans

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we at the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) wanted to share with you a collection of resources from our colleagues at the Center for Deployment Psychology designed to provide you information on coping with your reactions to the current crisis.

For ongoing updates and additional web-based self help resources from CCSD please visit:

If you would like to speak to a counselor during normal business hours, you can call the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302.831.2141.  If you are in a crisis or if you would like to talk to a therapist after hours, please call our 24/7 UD Helpline at 302.831.1001.

To access the National Veteran’s Crisis Line:

Veterans Crisis Line

Text Line:   ​8388255
Online Chat:  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

Appointment Information While We Work Remotely

TEMPORARY CHANGES:  Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we continue to evaluate how best to deliver our services. Beginning Friday, March 13th and continuing until further notice, we will not be having face to face meetings.  Please call CCSD 302-831-2141 (or the UD Helpline after hours, 302-831-1001) if you are in need of emergent help or consultation.

If you had, or were expecting to be scheduled for on-going meetings with one of our counselors, or had meetings canceled, please check your e-mails, as our counselors will be reaching out to you via e-mail to schedule check-in with you if needed.  If you schedule a follow-up phone call, please be aware that the return calls may come from a blocked or restricted phone number, so please pick up.

For those of you calling our CCSD number, we are currently experiencing some technical issues with our phones. Please stay on the line when calling or hang up and try again. Someone will be with you shortly. Further updates will be posted as they become available.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information about coronavirus visit www.udel.edu/coronavirus



Coronavirus (Covid-19) Resources

We at CCSD are aware that there are ongoing concerns among members of our community regarding access to several resources at this time. This, in addition to managing ongoing stress and uncertainty related to this rapidly evolving situation, can be quite taxing for mental health. We will continue to update our site as resources emerge, and we will continue to do our best to support you and your holistic needs.

Please see the details below for information regarding resources related to self-care:

Information if you are experiencing food insecurity
Information if you have questions regarding housing
Information regarding remote learning, including internet access 

Or, please see the university’s web page for other information for students for additional information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to develop and rapidly change, it is normal to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain. We at CCSD would like to provide resources and support for our community and will continue to update this page as further details emerge.

In addition to caring for basic needs, we hope you are able to maintain a sense of community and connectedness during these difficult times. Attending to academic/work-related obligations remotely can feel very isolating so don’t forget to reach out to friends, family members, and loved ones. Continue to monitor the situation, but be mindful of maintaining a positive outlook, having perspective, and knowing when to seek additional help if you feel overwhelmed.

It is also important to work as a community and be thoughtful in sharing resources. Please be considerate of people who are most vulnerable, and reach out in support to those who need it.

We will continue to update our website, and we are available to provide remote consultative services at this time. Please call our office during regular hours, or call the UD Helpline (302-831-1001) if you experience a crisis. You can also text ‘UDTEXT’ to 741741 for text support. Please see our Resources page for self-help links which we will continue to add to.  For official university sources and to receive updates, visit www.udel.edu/home/coronavirus/

Ideas for self-care:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread, we at CCSD understand that people are being impacted in different and challenging ways, and we would like to express our support and care to our campus community during this time of anxiety and loss.

We understand that due to the global spread of the virus, some people may be impacted due to changes in freedom, income, or a sense of security, as well the loss of a loved one to the disease.  Along with this, we want to acknowledge that with this can come fear and intensified concerns/emotions.  There have been increasing incidents of xenophobia and racism targeting Asian identified people around the world and in our community. As part of our core values, CCSD is strongly against any xenophobic and racist acts, and all are welcome here.

Please see our Resources page for self-help links or visit our Services page for appointment information.

For more information about Coronavirus, visit udel.edu/coronavirus.

Eating Disorder Awareness

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is from February 24 – March 1, and we here at CCSD would like to extend our support to members of our community who struggle with disordered eating and/or body image concerns. For students struggling with body image or weight, we encourage you to seek support through our center. Please see our main page for information on general drop-in hours, and call our center at 302-831-2141 if you are interested in joining our Body Image Group, which is open to students of all backgrounds and gender identities and will begin in the spring semester (Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m.; please contact us if this time does not work for you but you are interested in learning more).

We would also like to offer community resources for students struggling with an eating disorder; for further support and information on how to access these resources, please feel free to seek a consultation at our center.

Nutrition Clinic at SHS
NEDA Help and Support
Eating Disorders Recovery Group
Alliance Counseling
The Renfrew Center (Women only)
Center for Recovery (all genders)
Eating Recovery Help
Sheppard Pratt
Project Heal

We are aware of the link between nutrition and mental health, and would further like to offer community resources for students struggling with food insecurity.

Blue Hen Bounty
Swipe Out Hunger 
Food Bank of Delaware

Supporting our global community

We here at CCSD have been deeply saddened by a number of crises occurring in the world. We understand that a number of our students are impacted by these, and are here to offer our support to our Blue Hen community.

On January 3, the Planned Parenthood of Delaware was targeted in an act of domestic terrorism. We are aware that many of those served there are members of our campus community.

Before dawn on Tuesday January 7, 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Puerto Rico amidst several preceding smaller earthquakes and aftershocks.

Puerto Rico is still in a state of recovery and rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.  We are aware that some students in our Blue Hen community are directly affected by these events because they are from and/or have loved ones affected by these disasters.

We are also aware of the bushfire crisis happening in Australia. Many lives have been lost or hurt because of the fire.   We acknowledge the impacts cover Australia and outside Australia environmentally, systematically, and politically. We believe this crisis and its impacts can cause emotional distress in various ways.

We here at the CCSD would like to invite any student affected by the aforementioned events to seek out supportive counseling services from our CCSD counseling staff, as we recognize that such events and the ongoing stress resulting from them can be overwhelming and make it difficult to cope and navigate one’s role as a student. Please visit our main page for information regarding appointment hours and drop-in hours. If there is any other way you think CCSD can be helpful for the community other then the services we listed, please don’t hesitate to discuss with us.

Times like these can invoke feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, sadness, and anger. Please know that these reactions are normal and valid. In addition to seeking services through our center, we encourage you to reach out to those you trust and feel connected to, and we also encourage you to engage in self-care. If you would like to explore further resources on resilience and self-care during times of crisis, please read below:

Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror 
101 Ways to take care of yourself when the world feels overwhelming
Taking care of yourself
Coping with community crisis or natural disaster.

Emergency Assistance

If you perceive an immediate danger or risk of suicide, call 911 for immediate assistance.

Students can also reach mental health support 24 hours a day on the UD Helpline or the Crisis Text Line.

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