Well-Being and Mental Health Resources
"The College of Natural Resources community is here to support you. We are a tight-knit college where we value a strong sense of community. You are not alone, no matter what you are facing. Do not hesitate to reach out and seek support when you need help. We want to do everything we possibly can to support your mental health and overall wellness."
- Myron Floyd, Dean of the College of Natural Resources
Support is Available
While embarking on your academic journey is a wonderful and empowering experience, it can also be a very overwhelming and stressful period in your life. It is so important for you to prioritize your mental health and overall wellness. The College of Natural Resources and the NC State community offer several resources to help you navigate through some of the challenges you might be facing. We encourage you to engage with and take advantage of some of these community resources and spaces. You are a valued member of our college family.
An embedded counselor provides undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Natural Resources or the College of Education with access to free counseling services on campus and virtually. With support from the Provost’s Office, this shared position allows students to seek support that is both convenient and confidential. We are currently working to fill this position and will provide information about our new counselor soon.
Information About Counseling Services
Who is eligible to meet with our embedded counselor?
All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Natural Resources or College of Education are eligible. Faculty and staff in each college may also reach out to consult about a student.
What is the cost? Will it be covered by student insurance?
There is no cost for appointments with our counselor. Insurance will not be billed.
When and how can I sign up for counseling?
You can sign up for appointments through the Counseling Center’s “getting started” page or attend drop-in hours to be announced.
Where is the embedded counselor‘s office?
The counselor divides their time between Biltmore Hall 2022D, which is near the College of Natural Resources Academic Affairs suite, and Poe Hall 520M, near the College of Education’s Student Services and Advising Center.
What can the counselor help me with?
Our counselor can provide both individual and group counseling, as well as psychoeducational workshop recommendations, and is equipped to help with crisis response. Since they are not a psychiatrist, they cannot prescribe medication. However, they can refer you to a psychiatrist or any other services you might need.
What other wellness and mental health services are available at NC State?
In addition to our embedded counselor and services offered through the college, students may utilize services and other counselors at the university’s Counseling Center as needed. All degree-seeking students at NC State can also request up to 12 free telehealth counseling sessions over the course of a year with one of AcademicLiveCare’s licensed counselors. NC State also provides mental health resources and services for faculty and staff. In addition to resources offered through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, State Health Plan members have access to mental health coverage and additional resources via the Behavioral Health Resource Center. All of the university’s Wolfpack Wellness resources can be found at wellness.ncsu.edu/resources. If you are concerned about a student, you can complete an online referral.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, contact the NC State Counseling Center. Between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., please call 919-515-2423. For after-hours mental health emergencies, call 919-515-2423 and select option #2 to speak with an on-call counselor. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
Lighten Your Pack
Taking Care of Yourself
What other counseling services are available on campus?
- NC State Student Counseling Center provides Short Term Counseling Care
- NC State Community Counseling, Education, and Research Center provides short-term counseling to individuals, couples, and families, ages 14 and older. (Fees are required)
- NC State and AcademicLiveCare have a partnership where every degree-seeking student is eligible for up to 12 free telehealth counseling sessions over the next year.
What are some ways I can prioritize taking care of myself?
- Wellness Coaching – NC State’s certified wellness coaches provide individual, group or drop-in sessions that can help you improve your well-being. Each coaching opportunity is designed to meet you where you are in your wellness journey and facilitate personal growth and development along the way.
- Resilient Pack – This site provides strategies, tips and resources on how to build resilience in the face of adversity or significant stress.
- Drop-in Spaces – A drop-in space is a casual, no-commitment-required way to engage in a variety of experiences that allow you to find connection and support. Drop-in spaces are offered by Prevention Services in collaboration with campus partners. Some of the topics include stressbusters and resilience.
- Finch – This self-care app helps you look after your mental well-being by providing you with your own virtual pet to care for. You can choose from a wide variety of daily self-care exercises personalized for you.
Who is my advisor in the College of Natural Resources?
Each semester you should plan to meet with your academic advisor to make sure you are on the right track for graduation. Advisors are also here to help you find resources to support your success and well-being. Our academics advising page provides the most up-to-date list of advisors and contact information for the College of Natural Resources.
Advisors for Military-Connected Students
The following faculty and staff have completed the Green Zone training, which focuses on how to support our military-connected students.
Where can I go to study and/or connect with friends and classmates?
- The Natural Resource Library and Elements Cafe is located on the first floor of Jordan Hall.
- The Beanery is located in the basement of Biltmore Hall and has tables and chairs and a courtyard outside.
- If you are looking for a smaller place to study, consider the 3rd floor of Jordan Hall or the lobby of Biltmore Hall, which is also equipped with places for individual and group study.
How can I stay active and connect with nature?
NC State Transportation provides insights for walking trails on and around campus. Lake Raleigh has walking trails but also spaces for service learning. Schenck Forest is one of NC State’s forests. You may even get an opportunity to visit this space in one of your Natural Resource classes!
The Capital Area Greenway Trail
The Capital Area Greenway Trail has information about trails that are located around the Raleigh area.
Tour a National Park
Many national park sites across the country offer free virtual tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom, there are countless ways to enjoy a park experience online.
Where can I find free or affordable food options in the college and around campus?
We understand that students may get hungry throughout the day. We have two grazing stations located throughout our college buildings. They can be found in Biltmore 2022 and outside of the 3136 Suite in Jordan Hall. Please feel free to come by to grab a snack if you are struggling with access to food or just need a quick bite.
Feed the Pack Pantry
The Feed the Pack Pantry is a food pantry located in North Hall. This resource is open to all NC State students, staff and faculty. If you are experiencing food insecurity, please visit this campus resource. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, you are able to do that as well.
A Place at the Table
A Place at the Table is a local restaurant that allows you to pay what you can.
NC State Pack Essentials
NC State Pack Essentials assists with domestic and international students’ financial needs, including housing and food.
What is the CNR Short-Term Loan Program?
- CNR has a short-term loan program due to a generous donation of a former dean, Prof. Bob Brown. Amounts of the loan may vary depending on the request, and repayment terms can be set to be between 30-90 days. Disbursement will be made by the NC State Cashiers Office within 1 business day of processing. For details on how to apply, please email email@example.com
How can I get connected to people who I share identities with?
- Our Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity strives to foster an inclusive campus community of students, faculty and staff who value and inspire personal, academic and professional excellence. This office works on a broad level for DEI initiatives that impact the whole campus and also works closely to support our student centers.
- The African American Cultural Center promotes awareness of and appreciation for African American and other African descent experiences through activities and events that enhance academic excellence and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities.
- The LGBTQ Pride Center serves students of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, aromantic, queer, transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, non-binary, agender, intersex and questioning students and their allies.
- Women’s Center The mission of the Women’s Center is to build and create a community of authentic and engaged allies and leaders to pursue gender equity and social justice; enhancing the campus climate through education, advocacy, support, and leadership development.
- Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, retention and graduation of students with an emphasis on African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American students.