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Struggling or feeling stressed? Resources, support available for UK community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2022) — The University of Kentucky is committed to taking care of our people, and that means ensuring all members of our community — inclusive of all identities, perspectives and experiences – have the support needed to overcome challenges and cope with stress.

If you’re experiencing feelings of anxiety, sadness or uncertainty, or struggling with any aspect of your health and well-being, UK has resources available for you.

For students

  • TRACS (Triage, Referral, Assistance and Crisis Support): A one-stop shop where students can find support services or receive direct clinical support for a range of mental health needs and crises. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
  • 218-YouK: A helpline for student questions — no matter how big or small. Available 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
  • Talkspace: Access mental health clinicians through this confidential and secure online text and video chat therapy platform. All currently enrolled UK students have access free of charge.
  • Let's Talk – Brief, confidential conversations with a UK Counseling Center clinician, available virtually and at different locations on campus. No appointment necessary.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources: Diversity, equity and inclusion resources, organizations and units on campus.
  • Academic Support: Free tutoring and coaching resources, first-generation student services and more.
  • Academic Ombud Services – A confidential setting in which to ask questions, discuss problems and seek assistance with academic-related issues and conflicts. The Ombud ensures fair academic policies, processes, and procedures are equitably implemented.
  • Big Blue Pantry: Located in the basement of White Hall Classroom Building (Room 025) next to the Post Office, the Big Blue Pantry is open to any UK student with a valid UK ID experiencing food insecurity or hunger.
  • UK Counseling Center After Hours Support: If you need to talk with a mental health clinician after business hours or on the weekend, during holidays or during university closings, you can call 859-257-8701 and select option #1.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text the word “Start” to the number 741-741. A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds from a secure online platform.
  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (formerly the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline): Call 988 to access free and confidential support 24/7 for people in distress.
  • New Vista 24-Hour Helpline: Call 800-928-8000 to speak with crisis counselors trained to ensure prompt attention to your situation and explore possible solutions.

For faculty and staff

  • UK Human Resources Work-Life and Well-Being: Holistic mental health and wellness support for UK employees, including free therapy options, as well as physical health and financial wellness resources.
  • Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT): Resources on how to navigate difficult conversations in the classroom and more services to support engaging, inclusive and innovative learning.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources: Diversity, equity and inclusion resources, organizations and units on campus.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text the word “Start” to the number 741-741. A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds from a secure online platform.
  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (formerly the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline): Call 988 to access free and confidential support 24/7 for people in distress.
  • New Vista 24-Hour Helpline: Call 800-928-8000 to speak with crisis counselors trained to ensure prompt attention to your situation and explore possible solutions.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $501 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.