Counseling Center would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family
and friends of Walter Wallace, Jr., a black father of nine who was killed
October 26 by law enforcement in Philadelphia while experiencing a mental
Black Americans and those who suffer mental health problems are
disproportionately killed by law enforcement in the US, and each death is one
more death too many.
We believe these tragedies are a direct result of the
stigmatization of mental health problems and the systemic and explicit racism
in the United States today. The Counseling Center strongly condemns any use of
violence against those experiencing mental health crises. Violent actions only
serve to prevent those in need from trusting and seeking help when most in
We recognize that this tragic death may have evoked deep-felt emotions,
such as anger and grief, from those within our IUP community.
Center encourages any student, faculty, or staff who continue to feel impacted
by these events to seek out support from family, friends, religious leaders,
and other trusted sources.
The Counseling Center remains available for
students in need of additional assistance in processing and coping with their
reactions to Walter’s death.
We get it. The transition to college can be tough! The IUP Counseling Center is here to help.
All counseling and consultation services will solely be online (conducted through
HIPAA-compliant Zoom or phone) to keep students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy.
The Counseling Center provides services Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Counseling Services are included in your Wellness Fee.
Wondering how to get started? The Counseling Center is available by phone (724-357-2621) or email (email@example.com) Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. In your email, write, “Hi, I’m interested in
scheduling an appointment.” You will receive a response from the department secretary with scheduling options.
In case of an emergency, please contact the Indiana County Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470, University Police at 724-357-2141, or go to the Indiana Regional Medical Center.
We will continue to confront the traumatic and unjust impact of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.
The IUP Counseling Center grieves the violent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, who represent the latest of many who have lost their lives in a relentless series of violence toward Black individuals and communities. We condemn
the systemic intolerance and injustice experienced by individuals such as Christian Cooper, who suffered from harmful stereotyping and discrimination. We strongly oppose discrimination, hate, and intolerance and stand in solidarity with our Black
students, faculty, and staff.
We recognize the relentless impact that prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination have on mental health and well-being, and we are here if you need to talk. Our staff feels and understands the many reactions that can ensue from these events, such as
fear, anger, and grief. We can join you in processing how systems of oppression and traumatic events impact your feelings, beliefs, and identities, and we can also help you connect to resources that feel safe and that resonate with you.
The Counseling Center will continue to confront the traumatic and unjust impact of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination by joining with students and with other offices on campus to collaborate on conversations about race. We also anticipate providing
more written materials online to support students who are coping with race-related stress, anger, and grief. Though supporting our students who feel directly impacted by racism is paramount, we also strongly advocate for the anti-racist education
and allyship of all students, faculty, and staff.
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Faculty members and staff at the center work collaboratively with students to foster the self-knowledge and skills necessary to succeed personally, academically, and professionally. The Counseling Center allows students the opportunity to integrate their
personal goals with their academic goals.
In case of an emergency: dial 911, go to the Indiana Regional Medical Center, contact University Police at 724-357-2141, or call the Armstrong-Indiana Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470.