UMatter2DE’s mission is to promote emotional health, educate Delaware college students who may be struggling with mental health illnesses, and strengthen collaborative efforts to prevent suicide among college and university students in Delaware.
The UMatter2DE Higher Education Suicide Prevention Subcommittee will be hosting our first virtual conference on November 12, 2020 at 9:30am. To register, please click here.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Director, Center for Counseling and Student Development
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
Check out the stream of our staff doing some activities for Fresh Check-in at home
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.
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
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.
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:
Text Line: 8388255
Online Chat: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
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
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:
Or, please see the university’s web page for other information for students for additional information.
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:
- 12 Museums that offer free virtual tours
- The Metropolitan Opera will stream operas for free
- Netflix has a watch together function – you can chat and video call with friends while watching a program together
- Consider video calling via services like Duo and Google Hangouts
- Embrace nature, practice social distancing, and go for a walk! Delaware State Parks are open and waiving entrance fees unitl April 30, 2019
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.
For more information about Coronavirus, visit udel.edu/coronavirus.
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
The Renfrew Center (Women only)
Center for Recovery (all genders)
Eating Recovery Help
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.
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:
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.