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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.

Embedded Counselor

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.

  • On Mondays and Tuesdays, the embedded counselor is located in Biltmore Hall 2022D, down the hall from the College of Natural Resources Academic Affairs suite. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, he is in in Broughton Hall 4209. The counselor is available virtually on Fridays. He can be reached by phone at 919-513-3261 or by email at
  • You can sign up for appointments through the Counseling Center’s “get started” page or attend drop-in hours for the College of Natural Resources in Biltmore 2022D on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm during the Spring 2024 semester. To ensure that you are able to see the counselor during scheduled drop-in hours each week, we’ve instituted an online sign-up process for students to reserve slots. This way, no students will need to wait while the counselor finishes working with another student during drop-in hours, and instead may show up exactly at their allotted time. Simply navigate to to reserve your slot today! If you forget to sign up prior to coming, don’t worry! There’s an informational sheet placed outside of the counselor’s office with the sign-up link and associated QR code.

Meet Our Counselor

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In November 2023, William Hitt (he/him/his) joined NC State as the embedded counselor supporting the well-being and mental health needs of students in the College of Natural Resources and the College of Education. He has extensive experience supporting students who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, family conflict, relationships, grief, anger or crisis situations. In addition, he has a background in helping students with test anxiety, time management, study skills and productivity.

He describes his counseling style as a combination of person-centered, cognitive and relational-cultural approaches. William graduated with an M.S. in Counselor Education from East Carolina University in 2011. He previously worked as a counselor at Pitt Community College and East Carolina University’s College of Nursing and also served as the embedded counselor for athletics at North Carolina Central University.

Outside of work, William enjoys visiting beautiful places, going to arts festivals, trying new restaurants and playing board/video games. He also enjoys reading nonfiction, watching films and listening to music. He and his wife care for two rambunctious, spoiled cats.

Information About Counseling Services

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. 

There is no cost for appointments with our counselor. Insurance will not be billed. 

You can sign up for appointments through the Counseling Center’s “get started” page or attend drop-in hours, which will be on Tuesdays from 3-4pm during the Spring 2024 semester.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, the embedded counselor is located in Biltmore Hall 2022D, down the hall from the College of Natural Resources Academic Affairs suite. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, he is in the College of Education. The counselor is available virtually on Fridays.

Our counselor can provide both individual and group counseling, as well as psychoeducational workshop recommendations, and is equipped to help with crisis response. Since he is not a psychiatrist, he cannot prescribe medication. However, he can refer you to a psychiatrist or any other services you might need. 

The Weekly Wellness Space consists of a brief presentation and discussion on a topic relevant to student wellness. These will take place on Tuesdays from 2 -3 pm in Biltmore 3006. The following topics will be addressed during the Spring 2024 semester:

1/9 – Time Management
1/16 – Time Management
1/23 – Attention & Focus
1/30 – Attention & Focus
2/6 – Stress Management
2/13 – Stress Management
2/20 – Sleep Hygiene
2/27 – Sleep Hygiene
3/5 – Digital Wellness
3/19 – Digital Wellness
3/26 – Healthy Relationships
4/2 – Healthy Relationships
4/9 – Nutrition
4/16 – Nutrition

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 If you are concerned about a student, you can complete an online referral

Crisis Resources

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

Everywhere you look at NC State, you’ll find people, programs, and places devoted to your well-being

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A spring flower blossom frames Holladay Hall on Main campus. Photo by Marc Hall

Taking Care of Yourself

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.  

  • 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.

Walking Trails
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.

We understand that students may get hungry throughout the day. We have two grazing stations located throughout our college buildings. He 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 can 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.

  • 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
  • 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.