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It’s already been quite a year.

Hand drawn and colored image of the Old Well

Staying grounded while so much is uncertain can be difficult.

We don’t anticipate that suddenly the uncertainty around the virus, political unrest, racial injustice, financial wellbeing and the academic year will disappear. But there are ways that we, as a community and individuals, can work to support our health and wellbeing despite the overwhelming stressors around us.

Healthy Heels, along with many of you, continues to participate in groups and advise administrators about the collective impact that policies and practices have on wellbeing. We are all doing our best to ensure that when decisions are made, administrators have been reminded of how their choices affect the health of us all. Thank you for using your voice to advocate for the world you want and need.

Of course, none of us have a full control over the broader world. So in the interest of us all controlling what we can, Healthy Heels is offering a nine day mental health email course. Each email includes:

  • Coach’s message from Dr. Allen O’Barr, CAPS director

  • Proven mental health strategy

  • Complementary video

  • Student testimonial about how that day’s strategy helps them succeed at Carolina

Join the 9 day Mental Health Email Course

Full disclosure: this is our very first email course so we are quite interested in your feedback about what you like and think we could improve about the course as well as ideas for future email course topics. A survey is sent on the final email, and we welcome feedback throughout your process!

Roommate Conversation Guide

Three cartoon people video chat

Your home should feel like a safe space. And yet, most of us have at least slightly different calculations about risk, so living with roommates means one roommate’s behavior sometimes results in another roommate feeling vulnerable to COVID. Off-Campus Housing, the Dean of Students and Health Heels created a roommate conversation guide to help you and your roommates clarify expectations and reduce the chances of conflict this semester.

Remember that good communication that includes active listening is the best strategy for navigating conflict. Problems arise when people feel scared or worried, but either don’t have conversations or feel unheard when they try to talk about things. So open up the dialogue about COVID and risk today.

Services Available Jan 11 - Jan 18

COVID testing signs outside the Union Art Gallery testing location

COVID Testing on Campus

Students without symptoms and without potential exposure

Free screening is available through the Carolina Together Testing Program. These tests are self-collected nasal swabs and offered without charge. This week, the following locations are available. Schedule a time for your test using HallPass.unc.edu.

Frank Porter Graham Student Union, gallery space, side closest to Davis Library

  • 209 South Road, Chapel Hill

  • Hours begin today, Monday 1/11

    • Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

    • Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-5pm

CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio

  • 123 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

  • Hours begin Wednesday 1/13

    • Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

    • Saturday and Sunday, 11 am-5pm

***There will be no Carolina Together Testing Program sites open on January 18 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day***

Students with symptoms or concern about a potential exposure

This includes students who attended an indoor gathering of people from outside their household, those who interacted with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID, or those who are exhibiting symptoms of illness.

Symptomatic or possible exposure screening is available through Campus Health. These tests are provider-collected nasal swabs, are billed to insurance, and are typically covered in full by insurance for those with symptoms or potential exposure. Schedule a time for your test using https://HealthyHeels.unc.edu or by calling 919-966-2281.

Campus Health Student Testing Center

  • 320 Emergency Room Drive, enter at the Physical Therapy / Pharmacy entrance, the doors closest to Bell Tower Parking Deck and Genome Sciences building

    • Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm (including MLK day)

    • Saturday and Sunday 8 am - 5 pm

Students who are not yet in the Chapelboro area

Visit the US Department of Health and Human Services website to find testing locations in your state.

Learn more about UNC COVID plans

Student Health and Wellbeing Services

Campus Health is open for in-person and telehealth visits every day (including weekends and MLK day) 8am - 5pm. Scheduling an appointment is the most efficient way to be seen - call 919-966-2281 or visit healthyheels.unc.edu to request an appointment online.

Campus Health Pharmacy will provide curbside delivery of prescription and over-the-counter items.

CAPS offers 24/7 phone support at 919/966-3658. Initial screenings offered by phone 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm M-F. Follow up appointments by Zoom. Group therapy during spring semester includes:

Health and Wellbeing Services

Campus Health is open for in-person and telehealth visits every day (including weekends and MLK day) 8am - 5pm. Scheduling an appointment is the most efficient way to be seen - call 919-966-2281 or visit healthyheels.unc.edu to request an appointment online.

Campus Health Pharmacy will provide curbside delivery of prescription and over-the-counter items.

CAPS offers 24/7 phone support at 919/966-3658. Initial screenings offered by phone 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm M-F. Follow up appointments by Zoom. Group therapy during spring semester includes:

Student Wellness will continue to provide virtual support appointments and wellbeing interventions. Learn more at studentwellness.unc.edu.

Campus Rec will open Rams Head for in-person workout reservations next week. Many free, live and on-demand online fitness options are available.

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