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.
Meet Our Counselor
Finn Losch is the embedded counselor supporting the well-being and mental health needs of students in the College of Natural Resources and the College of Education. Before joining NC State in April 2023, Finn was a staff counselor at the University of Vermont and a clinical counselor at Northern Vermont University. They completed their bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Maine and graduated with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johnson State College, where they received the Outstanding Master’s in Clinical Health Counseling Student Award.
“My hope is to join the other NC State counselors in making counseling more approachable and personable by bringing in humor and an endearing level of awkwardness to a vulnerable space. Being human is messy and sometimes we need someone not stuck in our little bubble to sit with us while we figure it all out. It’s an honor and privilege to be that person to people.”
– Finn Losch, Embedded Counselor, College of Natural Resources and College of Education
Information About Counseling Services
Who is eligible for counseling with Finn?
All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Natural Resources or College of Education are eligible. Finn is also available to consult with staff and faculty in each college about a student.
What is the cost to meet with Finn? Will it be covered by student insurance?
There is no cost for appointments with Finn. Insurance will not be billed.
When and how can I sign up for counseling with Finn?
Finn is available to begin meeting with students on April 17, 2023. You can sign up for appointments through the Counseling Center’s “getting started” page or attend drop-in hours to be announced. The College of Natural Resources will host a meet and greet with Finn on Thursday, April 20 in Jordan Hall Addition Room 1214.
Where is Finn’s office?
Finn has two office locations. On Mondays and Tuesdays, Finn will be in the College of Education, in Poe Hall 520M, which is near the College of Education’s Student Services and Advising Center. On Thursdays and Fridays, Finn will be in the College of Natural Resources, in Biltmore Hall 2022D, which is near the College of Natural Resources Academic Affairs suite. Finn is available virtually on Wednesdays.
What can Finn help me with?
Finn can provide both individual and group counseling, as well as psychoeducational workshop recommendations, and is equipped to help with crisis response. Since Finn is not a psychiatrist, they cannot prescribe medication. However, Finn can refer you to a psychiatrist or any other services you might need.
What other wellness and mental health services are available?
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.
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.
How can I help someone facing a crisis?
Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) is an eight-hour training program designed to help you develop essential skills to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illness. Several faculty and staff have gone through this training in the College of Natural Resources.
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 take care of myself?
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 2018 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 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.
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.