Health and Wellness

If you are seriously considering hurting yourself or ending your life, call 911 immediately to get help. If you prefer, you can call the national suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255), or the textline for help as well (Text HOME to 741741).  

SlowCOVIDNC App

The NCDHH has launched a covid-19 tracing tool. SlowCOVIDNC alerts users who have the app if they have been in close contact with an individual who later tests positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary to download and use and is designed to enhance the state’s existing contact tracing efforts.

Mental Health and Wellness

Counseling and Psychological Services

If you are feeling particularly anxious, overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health, you can reach out Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for resources and support. CAPS is for ALL students and is staffed with a diverse group of representatives who can support the entire Carolina community.

CAPS is available 24/7 at 919-966-3658.

Healthy Heels

The Healthy Heels blog is your source for relevant, up-to-date news and analysis of health information directly related to UNC students. Healthy Heels provides students with an open forum to learn, ask questions and discuss health and wellness issues – leading to a healthy and safe community that fosters student well-being and success.

Check out the Healthy Heels blog or sign up to receive the Healthy Heels Newsletter directly in your email inbox.

 

 

Staying Physically Active 

Even though access to gyms and exercise classes may be unavailable or limited, staying physically active is important to maintaining your overall health. You should continue to exercise in whatever way you can while following social distancing and your local and state government guidance.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation is currently open on a limited basis, and still offers Stay Active at Home resources, including a variety of virtual activities ranging from group fitness classes and personal training to intramural e-sport tournaments and outdoor adventures.

COVID-19 Testing

Prospective Evaluation Testing

Beginning September 9, 2020, Campus Health will offer voluntary testing to on-campus residents without any COVID-19 symptoms every morning as a way to preemptively identify cases or clusters in the residence halls. Residents will receive more information in an email from Campus Health and Housing. We will also begin a voluntary testing program for off campus students in Chapel Hill area in the coming weeks land will provide more details for them soon.

While the Prospective Evaluation Testing is voluntary, it is important that all students remaining in the area participate. We have a responsibility to each other and the local community to limit the spread of COVID-19 and detecting asymptomatic cases or symptomatic cases early is one of the best ways we can do that. We ask that you play your part in keeping those around you safe.

On Campus Testing

If you are on campus or the surrounding area and either experience symptoms, have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or are in a CDC-defined high-risk group, you can get a COVID-19 diagnostic test at Campus Health.

If you need to get tested:

  • Review COVID-19 symptoms and the Screening Checklist provided by Campus Health.
  • Make an appointment at Campus Health through the healthyheels.unc.edu Patient Portal or by calling 919-966-2281
  • Stay at home or in your assigned residence hall, please do not attend in person class, work, or other campus or community activities.
  • When visiting Campus Health to get your COVID-19 diagnostic test, you should enter at the Physical Therapy clinic door located the side of the Campus Health building facing the Bell Tower Parking Deck. This means you’ll enter on the lowest level of Campus Health.

Visit Campus Health for additional information, FAQs and resources related to COVID-19 testing.

Off-Campus Testing

If you have returned home or for other reasons are unable to access Campus Health and either experience symptoms, have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or are in a CDC-defined high-risk group, you will need get a COVID-19 test in your local community.

Before getting a COVID-19 test, you should contact your healthcare provider. Visit your local health department website for more information on testing or to find a testing location near you.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina COVID-19 Information Hub

State & Territorial Health Department Websites

Even if you are off-campus or in another state, if you test positive for COVID-19, please notify Campus Health by messaging a nurse through the patient portal or by calling 919-966-2281.

 

How to Quarantine and Isolate

Whether you are on or off campus, if you are asked to quarantine, or test positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate, you should connect with Campus Health.

In addition to regularly communicating with you regarding your health, Campus Health can assist you in the following ways:

If you are currently in quarantine of isolation and have questions, are experiencing an issue or need further assistance, you can contact covidcareforstudents@unc.edu.

If you are experiencing an emergency while in quarantine, call 911.

 

Sexual Assault and Harassment  

If you experience sexual assault, harassment or interpersonal violence, visit SAFE at UNC to connect with someone who can help you navigate the support and services available on campus and in the community.

SAFE at UNC is the main source for information and resources about discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking – including accessing support and services, filing a report, awareness and education, emergency support, and more.