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Special Message on Recent Events

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.

As we all cope with the ripple effects of the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the attacks on police officers in Dallas, we at the Counseling Center want to voice our solidarity and communicate to the entire University community that we are also broken-hearted and here to bear witness to the pain, fear and confusion that you may be feeling. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who’ve suffered such a painful loss. We encourage you to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with reactions to these recent events. We also encourage you to know your limits, and allow yourself permission to set boundaries in conversation and around social media so that you can take care of yourself.
Following traumatic events, each of us may experience some variation of a stress reaction.  The response to such overwhelming events is normal; and the response may be mild, moderate, or severe. The form and severity of the reaction varies with each individual. Common symptoms include: difficulty concentrating, anxiety or depression, feelings of numbness, loss of appetite, sleep difficulties, nightmares, or feeling helpless or angry. Generally, these symptoms will abate with time. We encourage each of you to take care of yourself in the coming days as we get more detailed information about what happened. In particular, please:

        * Talk with others whom you trust about your reactions;
        * Eat well, exercise, and rest as well as you can;
        * Limit the amount of media coverage you watch if you feel flooded or overwhelmed by the news;
        * Recognize that your reactions are normal.

As always, support is available for students who may feel the need to process their reactions with someone.  Confidential, free counseling is available at the Counseling Center in Humanities 150 (one flight up via the turret entrance down the ramp outside Starbucks); 410-617-2273.

For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program is available to provide support.  You can arrange an appointment by calling 1-800-765-0770. 

Meanwhile, take care of yourselves and support one another.

We are here to help you succeed

There are many reasons why someone might seek counseling. It is not always sought in times of crisis. Seeking counseling is a sign of strength that you have insight into matters that you would like to improve.

The Counseling Center offers experienced professionals who can help you explore many different concerns. We value each person for their unique personality, perspective, background, and culture. Many students visit the Counseling Center to explore life transitions and their own identities.

We encourage students to use our free, confidential services. Our counselors provide safe, supportive, and caring relationships for exploring your concerns. Understanding a situation before it reaches a stage of crisis can make a big difference. We encourage you to come in, even if you are not sure if counseling is what you need. With a counselor's help, you can discuss alternatives and decide the best way to proceed. Learn What to Expect when you schedule an appointment at the Counseling Center. 

If you feel that you are being treated unjustly by others, we would like to offer our help. Insensitivity to others and discrimination in any form is inconsistent with Loyola’s mission and values. Our counseling services and programs actively promote an awareness of and sensitivity toward differences of race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious/spiritual beliefs, financial status, and size/body shape among members of the Loyola community. We are here to help you or your student group explore the impact of cultural differences among students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

In addition to seeking support through the Counseling Center, you may anonymously report bias-related incidents to the Dean of Students Office.

Counseling Center's Mission Statement

The Counseling Center is Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. 

Important note: This site is not designed to respond to personal concerns or emergencies. In addition, since-mail is not checked regularly when the Counseling Center is closed, please see our list of emergency contacts in the case of an emergency.