Mental Health Resources
The Student Counseling Center is OPEN. Please call us for information on how to engage in telemental health services (865-974-2196).
In distress/crisis after hours? Call 855-645-3489 to be connected directly to the counselor on call for UT. This is the same as calling 974-HELP after hours. Please do NOT call this line for information about campus closings (call 965-656-SAFE).
UHC/Optum has opened an Emotional Support Help Line to any student in need, free of charge, and is available 24/7: 1-866-342-6892.
In the event of a mental health crisis, 865-974-HELP will remain active, even if the university closes.
Students enrolled in UHC-SR (United Health Care – Student Resources): Healthiest You offers FREE telehealth visits for medical or mental health issues. Other students may use Healthiest You for a fee. Check out Healthiest You!
If you need to chat or text for your privacy – connect with these resources:
- Text HELP to 741741 to start a text conversation with a trained crisis worker.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also offers web-based chat.
- You can call, web chat, or text with crisis workers specially trained to work with LGBTQ+ issues through The Trevor Project.
- Text STEVE to 741741 to access a Crisis Text Line counselor
- Are you a veteran? Thank you for your service. If you need to chat, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7.
Vol faculty member David Dupper has compiled a great resource for UT students, faculty, and staff. This “course” is available through Canvas and includes information on anxiety, coping tools, mindfulness, and more.
Grief is a feeling related to a occurred, occurring or anticipated loss. These losses can include daily contact with friends, loss of your campus experience, loss of tangible support systems, restrictions related to social distancing, illness, or death. Some resources to help you understand grief:
On Grief and Finding Meaning podcast with Brene Brown
Our partners at Tao have made several meditation and mindfulness experiences available without making an account.
To access all that TAO has to offer, make a TAO account using your UTK email address, and get a FREE account.
Check out your UT Library streaming video collections.
Volunteers love to volunteer! But possibly a place you used to give your time is closed to you now. Check out these resources for online volunteering!
Multilingual students can serve as webpage translators.
Sighted students can download Be My Eyes to lend a hand—er, eye—to blind and visually-impaired folx.
Dolly Parton will read your kids, or the kid in you, a bedtime story. The live presentations have concluded, but access the archive. We love you, Dolly!
Tour a museum: You don’t have to literally step foot inside a museum to enjoy a museum. Check out these virtual tours offered by some of the world’s most famous museums.
Need lots more? Other universities have created wonderful resource pages! They are happy for you to visit their resource pages! (Posted by permission)
Cornell University has some great mindfulness and nature resources
Some material borrowed from: https://www.presence.io/blog/53-virtual-activity-ideas-to-keep-college-students-engaged-during-covid-19