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McKinley Health Center
The Mental Health unit at McKinley Health Center (McKinley) provides assessment and recommendations for subsequent treatment for a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. Short-term individual psychotherapy, up to a few sessions, is provided as indicated. McKinley's staff of mental health professionals include psychiatry, clinical psychologists & licensed clinical social workers. Limited psychiatry services are available by referral from McKinley primary caregivers. Students may also consider the University of Illinois Counseling Center when considering an appointment for counseling. Information can be obtained here
Student Assistance Center
The Student Assistance Center is a collaborative resource that promotes the holistic growth and development of Illinois students. To that end, we partner with students, faculty, staff, and family members to address disruptions to students’ academic and social stability or behaviors that cause distress in our community. We strive to foster a community of care in which all members have a personal responsibility to themselves and others.
To schedule a virtual meeting, please call (217) 333-0050 or email email@example.com.
Black Law Students Association
The College of Law chapter of this national organization is active in bringing national speakers to campus, sponsoring events for minority undergraduate students, and engaging in other activities intended to promote community and understanding of issues affecting students and others of African descent.
Email at Lawfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Virginia M. Vermillion
Virginia Vermillion is the assistant dean for academic administration and dean of students. With the assistance of those in Student Services, she serves as an advocate for students and student organizations, manages the many student awards, implements the College’s academic policies, facilitates course and examination schedules, hosts Orientation and Convocation, serves on various unit and campus committees, and, most importantly, counsels with the College of Law students.
Email at email@example.com.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime.
Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA's National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support
Sign up for an appointment here.
COVID-19 has had a profound and unprecedented impact on all of our daily lives. The COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support campaign was developed to cover the cost for virtual or tele-therapy services by licensed, culturally competent clinicians in our network for up to five (5) sessions. This campaign is exclusive to individuals and families experiencing a life-changing event(s) related to or triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or stress/anxiety regarding race relations and injustice towards people of color. First come, first serve until all funds are exhausted.
Mental Health Expert Discusses Impact of Seeing Acts of Racism Go Viral | Op-Ed | NowThis
Jernigan, M. M. et al. (2015). Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Chestnut Hill, MA.
Books from the Library
Black Women's Mental Health by Creates a new framework for approaching Black women's wellness, by merging theory and practice with both personal narratives and public policy.
Call Number: RC451.4.W6 B53 2017
Publication Date: 2017-07-01
The Body Is Not an Apology by "To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves...'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace." --Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum "Taylor invites us to break up with shame, to deepen our literacy, and to liberate our practice of celebrating every body and never apologizing for this body that is mine and takes care of me so well." --Alicia Garza, cocreator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Strategy + Partnerships Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance "Her manifesto on radical self-love is life altering--required reading for anyone who struggles with body image." --Claire Foster, Foreword Review Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies. The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world--for us all.
Call Number: 158.1 T2183bo
Publication Date: 2018-02-13
Loss by Taking stock of a century of pervasive loss--of warfare, disease, and political strife--this eloquent book opens a new view on both the past and the future by considering "what is lost" in terms of "what remains." Such a perspective, these essays suggest, engages and reanimates history. Plumbing the cultural and political implications of loss, the authors--political theorists, film and literary critics, museum curators, feminists, psychoanalysts, and AIDS activists--expose the humane and productive possibilities in the workings of witness, memory, and melancholy. Among the sites of loss the authors revisit are slavery, apartheid, genocide, war, diaspora, migration, suicide, and disease. Their subjects range from the Irish Famine and the Ottoman slaughter of Armenians to the aftermath of the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa, problems of partial immigration and assimilation, AIDS, and the re-envisioning of leftist movements. In particular, Loss reveals how melancholia can lend meaning and force to notions of activism, ethics, and identity.
Call Number: 306.0904 L898
Publication Date: 2002-12-10
Racial Battle Fatigue by Covering equity issues of sex, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability, this work presents creative, nontraditional narratives about performing social justice work, acknowledging the contributions of previous generations, describing current challenges, and appealing to readers to join the struggle toward a better world. Many would like to believe we are living as "post-racial" America, long past the days of discrimination and marginalization of people simply due to their race and minority status. However, editor Jennifer L. Martin and a breadth of expert contributors show that prejudice and discrimination are still very much alive in the United States. Sharing personal stories of challenges, aggressions, retaliations, and finally racial battle fatigue, these activists, practitioners, and scholars explain how they have been attacked--in subtle, shrouded, and sometimes outright ways--simply for whom and what they advocate: social justice. The stories within consist of discussions on the interconnections among equity issues: sex, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability. Furthermore, the work relates current events such as the banning of ethnic studies in Arizona and the shooting of Trayvon Martin to the battle for social justice. Other topics addressed include the ongoing problems of white supremacist beliefs, the challenges of teaching about the racist thinking that permeates our media and popular culture, and the harms of aggressions faced by minorities and those possessing multiple minority status. The unique narratives presented in this single-volume work combine the various approaches to answering questions about not only the necessity of fighting for social justice but also the impact of the struggle on its champions. * Details personal stories of the struggles of social justice advocacy work in the field and in the academy * Addresses the myth of post-racial America and realities of ongoing white supremacy * Explains the challenges and methods of teaching about racism in the current media and popular culture * Presents a diverse group of authors detailing disparate perspectives and experiences * Advises students, novice scholars, and practitioners interested in engaging in social justice work
Call Number: LC212.2 .R325 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-26