As the semester kicks off and classes get underway, it’s important to know where to look for help and self-care on campus. The Chronicle has compiled a list of available resources on Duke’s campus.
A recommended first step for students feeling overwhelmed is Blue Devils Care, a 24/7 mental telehealth support network. Duke students are eligible for up to 12 free scheduled visits a year.
For short-term professional mental health support, students can contact Duke Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) either by phone or in-person at the Student Health Center. Students can speak with CAPS counselors between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. After an initial intake meeting, students can schedule follow-up appointments with dedicated on-campus providers.
Another option for professional support is DukeReach, which directs Duke community members to the resources available to help a student in need. Students can submit a report on their website or call (919) 681-2455.
CAPS also provides therapeutic services to survivors of gender violence, including sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and both in-person and cyber sexual harassment, according to an email from Krystal George, director of the Women's Center. Services are available to all genders.
These services used to come from The Women’s Center, but now the Center is focusing on providing education on intersectionality and gender equity.
The Chronicle has compiled guides of local mental health resources for people of color and those in the LGBTQ+ community.
In addition to mental health resources, there are a number of other self-care resources available on campus. DuWell offers Koru mindfulness programming, a wellness self-assessment, and events at its two Oasis locations on East and West. Oasis West can be found at the Student Wellness Center on the 1st floor, near the Murphy-Nimocks Meditation Garden. Oasis East is located at Bell Tower Residence Hall on East Campus in Room 109.
For physical wellness, Duke Recreation and Physical Education has routine programming and events to connect students with fitness experts.
For doctor and dentist appointments, immunizations, nutrition support, pharmacy services, physical therapy, and more, students can visit Duke Student Health.
More information on available resources can be found in DSG’s compiled Mental Health Resource Guide.
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Vishal Jammulapati is a Trinity sophomore and an associate news editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.