August 28, 2017
The University of Maryland Counseling Center staff wishes to convey their commitment to helping members of our campus community who are struggling with difficult feelings and reactions related to the senseless and tragic stabbing death on May 20 of Richard Collins, a Bowie State University student who was visiting friends in College Park. Many of you may be experiencing anger, rage, fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, confusion, and helplessness. These are normal reactions to a traumatic event. We encourage you to connect with people within your personal and professional networks whom you trust and who can provide support, comfort, and care.
Counselors at the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building are available to members of the UMD community who are seeking a safe and confidential space to express themselves, feel understood, and identify ways to stay emotionally grounded in the wake of this horrible tragedy. In addition to scheduled consultation appointments, drop-in consultation is available without an appointment. Referral services are also available for those who will be off campus during the summer and need assistance with finding mental health providers in their local communities.
In addition, discussion groups facilitated by Counseling Center counselors are available to departments and groups by calling the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building at (301) 314-7651 or by completing an Outreach and Consultation Request.
During the summer, the Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After-hours crisis support is available by phone at (301) 314-7651.