Race-Based Trauma and Anti-Racism Resources: We Are Still Here For You!

Black Lives Matter. The Office of Diversity & Equity has complied a list of Anti-Racism resources for the campus community. This list will be updated on an ongoing basis.

The Counseling Center staff would like to offer our unconditional support to the members of our community who are suffering as a result of racial discrimination and social injustice.  Recent acts that have targeted Black Americans have had a profound impact on our community. We know that experiencing race-based trauma is painful and can result in significant distress. Additionally, we recognize that witnessing or hearing about violence against those within a group with which we identify can also be traumatizing; this is called vicarious trauma.

Race based trauma, whether vicarious or directly experienced, can result in significant problems including: anxiety, depression, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), sudden shifts in behavior and relationships, persistent feelings of danger, avoidance, not feeling connected to your body or to others, physical exhaustion, feelings of anger or hopelessness, feeling that you are emotionally overreacting to situations, and difficulty with concentration and focus. All of these reactions are valid.

We want to encourage you to engage in regular self-care activities that address your mental and physical health, to connect with others for support, and to call the Counseling Center if you’d like talk to someone about your mental and emotional well-being, including the effects of race-based trauma. We continue to offer urgent consultations by phone or video call M-F 9am to 4pm. 

Additional Resources:

Proactively Coping with Racism

Talking about Race: Self-Care

Four Ways People of Color can Foster Mental Health Practice and Restorative Healing

Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism

Discrimination: What is it and How to Cope

Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

The Steve Fund

Text & Phone Supports

Crisis Text Line for Young POC
Text STEVE to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255


UofL will resume in-person classes this fall. University of Louisville’s response to COVID-19 and Fall 2021 Student Acknowledgement (PDF).

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Counseling Center
Student Activities Center
2100 South Floyd Street, W204
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Office Hours

Fall 2021

Services will be provided in-person and via telehealth.

Mon -Fri: 9am - 5pm

Sat & Sun: closed

After hours or emergency services

Urgent Consultations

Mon-Fri 9am-4pm Please call to set up a  consultation.

Operations may temporarily shift based on University COVID-19 protocols.

Closed on University holidays and closings.

We observe all delayed starts and early closings set by the University.

Phone

(502) 852-6585

FAX

(502) 852-0291

Email

coping@louisville.edu
Note that email cannot be used to make appointments.

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