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Support available in wake of July Fourth gun violence

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(DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

The mass shootings over Independence Day weekend in Highland Park and Chicago extended a grim statistic: So far this year, the nonprofit group Gun Violence Archive has counted more than 300 attacks in the United States that killed or injured four or more people, a list that extends from coast to coast, border to border. Other places added last weekend to this list, heartbreaking in its broad scope, are Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Kenosha, Sacramento, Kansas City, Mo., and Richmond, Va.

Please remember that, should you need assistance, support is available.

University Counseling and Psychological Services

Registered, degree-seeking students enrolled for classes during the current quarter can talk to a therapist or schedule a brief screening and consultation appointment in the following ways:

  • To speak directly to a therapist, students should call 773-325-CARE (2273) and select option one, if prompted.
  • To schedule an on-campus brief screening and consultation, students should call 773-325-CARE (2273) during regular business hours and select option two.
  • Students can navigate to and click on "Schedule an Appointment."

Faculty and staff also can call UCAPS Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and select option two to refer students or to consult with a clinician. International students can call the support line, and access will be established by mid-July. Check online for updates.

Division of Mission and Ministry

The Division of Mission and Ministry staff can provide pastoral care and support for people of any faith or spiritual backgrounds, as well as for those who do not claim a particular tradition or belief.

Please contact Georgianna Torres Reyes, associate vice president for student engagement in the Division of Mission and Ministry, if you are in need of support, prayer or a listening ear.

Office of Health Promotion and Wellness

HPW can help students manage stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and overall physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Contact 773-325-7219, or complete the intake form here.

Office of Multicultural Student Success

OMSS offers support for students of color, first-generation students, students who demonstrate financial need, undocumented immigrant students and students with marginalized genders and sexualities. Visit the virtual office, or contact 773-325-7325.

General support for faculty and staff

All employees have access to wellness and educational resources through DePaul's employee assistance program, offered by ComPsych GuidanceResources. The organization web ID to log in is EAP4DPU.

Confidential counseling sessions are available for employees, spouses and dependents, up to six free sessions per employee/spouse/dependent, per "incident." To speak with a counselor or schedule an appointment, employees may call 800-621-4124 anytime.

Also available to PPO and CDHP members is MDLIVE. This service provides consultation with board-certified doctors and licensed therapists for non-emergency situations by phone, mobile app or online video 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more about MDLIVE, and register online.