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Cougar Health Services June 2020

Our Commitment to the Mental Health of our Black and African American Students

 

To our WSU Pullman Community,

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, and Tony McDade, among so many others have devastated our communities. We know the Black and African American communities are facing extreme physical and emotional trauma in these times. We stand in solidarity with those feeling anger, grief, fear, and sadness in response to the brutality that is adding to our anguish in this troubling and uncertain period in our history. We are aware of the impact of systemic oppression on the well-being of our students, staff, and faculty. We recognize that recent events will impact people differently based on their position in the historical context of our society, which has given rise to oppression.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to affirming and providing care to students who have been directly or indirectly impacted by trauma. If you are struggling emotionally, academically, or for any other reason, please know that we will continue providing teletherapy via Zoom or phone. We want to empower you to seek whatever help you need and what will be meaningful to you — whether that be in the form of counseling or referrals to other university and/or community resources. We are available for crisis, single-session counseling, and ongoing counseling to students who are located in Washington state. The way to initiate all appointments is to call our office at 509-335-4511.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other. Cougs help Cougs.

Counseling and Psychological Services


Self-Care Resources:

Counseling Resources for Individuals of Color:

  • The Washington Counselors of Color Network works to connect clients with counselors who understand the specific needs of people of color and various cultures. There are many resources for those on west side of Washington.
  • The Black Virtual Therapist Network provides an online directory of licensed Black therapists who are certified to provide telemental health services.
  • The Latinx Therapy directory is a bilingual database that connects individuals with therapists and other providers nationwide.
  • Black Mental Wellness, Corp, provides information on mental and behavioral health from a Black perspective.
  • Crisis Text Line, text STEVE to 741741 for support specific to college and university students of color.

WSU Resources:

Books for members of our community wanting to challenge themselves to learn more about racial inequality in our society and the steps they can take to becoming anti-racist:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo
  • …But, I’m Not Racist (Tools for Well-Meaning Whites) by Kathy Obear
  • What is White Privilege, Really? By Cory Collins

Other resources for those who want to know what steps to take to become allies: