In light of the significant disruption in the United States Capitol, CAPS extends our support to all of us as these events can affect our mental health. And, some of us are greatly affected. These threatening and violent acts are disturbing, and the difference in responses between January 6th, 2021, and over the summer with Black Lives Matter protests is noticeable and hurtful to our progress as a society. We want to acknowledge the impact on our students even though we are not in classes right now and we recognize that direct or indirect exposure to such events can be troubling, concerning or traumatizing and result in many emotional reactions.
So today, like us at CAPS, you may be feeling a range of emotions including anger, sadness, outrage, tired, helpless, afraid, frustrated, hopeless, numb or something else. Additionally, your feelings may fluctuate over time. It is important to acknowledge your feelings, demonstrate self-compassion, and take care of yourself. Engage in activities that allow you to feel connected to who you are. Have occasional “check-ins” with yourself, assess your needs, and identify how your needs can be met.
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Please know we are here to help. Students may contact CAPS this week by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org and calling 734.764.8312. If calling after hours, CAPS After Hours is available by calling us and pressing 0 to be connected to a counselor.