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Welcome to In the Know! The Counseling Center sends this email newsletter periodically during the academic year to let our partners across campus know about the various skill-building and outreach activities we offer. We hope you are well. Things look different as we now offer telehealth counseling and virtual outreach, but serving students remains our top priority. Please feel free to share with others who may find this information useful.


Finish Strong Illinois!


The Counseling Center cares about students' mental health and overall wellbeing, and we've put together some tips for the end of the semester. If things are feeling overwhelming, we're here for you, and we wish you the best as you wrap up the semester!

#FinishStrongIllinois information


Spotlight on Consultation Hours

Consult with the Counseling Center 

As we continue to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, it's clear that the United States is at a pivotal time as we continue to grapple with systemic racism, inequality, and violence. The Counseling Center understands that this is not an easy time for anyone, and we want to reiterate that we are always available for consultation. Consultation is a bit different than counseling in that consultations are solution-focused and brief. Counseling is more therapeutically focused. 

In these times of great distress, the Counseling Center offers many different kinds of spaces for students to consult with our counselors. Below are details for our consultation spaces that are offered for international students, AAPI students, Black students, Latinx students, and LGBTQIA students.

Faculty and staff who are concerned about a student can reach out to their college's embedded counselor, or, they can always call the Counseling Center at 217-333-3704 to speak with a counselor.


AAPI Student Support Services

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In light of the exponential increases in violence and harassment of Asians and Asian Americans, the Counseling Center is offering drop-in consultation hours for those who feel affected by recent events. Additionally, we have compiled resources that may be helpful.

Mondays 1-3 p.m.   Zoom ID: 325 639 8050      Password: 210939

Tuesdays 4-5 p.m.   Zoom ID: 896 9031 0571      Password: 480301

Fridays 2-3 p.m.   Zoom ID: 852 3062 6462      Password: 382306


Q & A with Q & A

Q & A with Q & A 

The Counseling Center's Queers and Allies team will be chatting with LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies about coping with the pandemic, handling sociopolitical stress, and resources for your mental health. Join us Reading Day, May 6, from 5-6 p.m.! 

Zoom ID: 822 1929 2607      Password: Q&A


Cafecito with the Counseling Center’s Latinx Outreach Team

Cafecito with the Counseling Center’s Latinx Outreach Team 

Join the Counseling Center's Latinx Outreach Team every Tuesday at 4 p.m. to discuss communal experiences, mental health, and resources. Drop in whenever you are free. All are welcome!

Zoom Meeting ID: 831 0750 3371         Password: cafecito


Sit with Sankofa Consultation Hours

Shows members of the Sankofa Black student outreach team. 

Need a safe space to discuss how you feel about everything that’s going on? Join us for Sit with Sankofa with our Black student outreach team on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!

Zoom Meeting ID: 926 0208 7456         Password: 276763


Tuesday @ 7


Led by Counseling Center Paraprofessionals, Tuesday @ 7 workshops focus on topics that are often growth areas for students. All students are welcome. Upcoming workshops include:

Tuesday, May 4: Preparing For Finals and Beyond

Zoom Meeting ID: 844 1537 2453         Password: tues7

The complete list of topics for this semester can be found here.


Daily Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops


Many students have let us know they would find benefit in daily guided meditations, so we are now offering daily mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. The 30-minute workshops will be held each weekday at 4:15 p.m. starting on March 1. Each day has a theme: Mindfulness Mondays, Intuitive Eating Tuesdays, Body Awareness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Forget-it Fridays.

These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential.

Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050         Password: CCMind


RIO Online


These times are not easy. Feeling isolated and lonely is very common, and life is very different than it was before the pandemic. Many people are having strong reactions to these changes. RIO, which is led by Counseling Center clinicians, provides an interactive experience that helps you

-Learn mindfulness skills to identify why you’re feeling the emotions you are and accept them.

-Manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions productively.

-Identify what’s most important to you and prioritize accordingly.

This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. We do strongly encourage you to be available to attend both online sessions. RIO is not considered counseling and is not confidential. We offer courses throughout the semester at different times and days to meet scheduling needs. Please register on our website.

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Art Space

Art Space Workshop 

Creating art can be be a stress release, help calm anxiety, and allow people to process their emotions. On Monday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m., the Counseling Center offers an Art Space Workshop via Zoom. The workshop is open to all students. It is not counseling and participants will not be asked to share their reflections. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 828 4384 2873            Password: 266674 

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INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Gearing Up for Fall

Photo of Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre 

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre is preparing for a full slate of performances for the fall. Please check out our website to learn more about when auditions are being held and what classes will be offered. 


WellTrack Available For Students


WellTrack, an app that offers a suite of online tools and courses to help students identify, understand and address mental health issues is now available. WellTrack employs aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It features a mood tracker, modules that teach students about managing anxiety and depression, and useful tools such as meditations and reminders for users to include enjoyable activities in their days.

Students can access the WellTrack app by downloading from Google Play or the App Store and then logging in with your Illinois email address and password.  WellTrack can also be accessed via the web at Illinois.WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password. 


Mindwise Mental Health Screenings Provide Quick, Confidential Check-Ups


The Counseling Center offers Mindwise mental health screenings through its website. These quick, confidential assessments allow you to understand if feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure, and/or hopelessness might actually be related to depression. 

Other screenings for generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder are also available. Participants will receive immediate results at the end of each screening to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion and evaluation if indicated. Please note that these screenings are to help you have an informed conversation with your counselor. They are not intended to be a clinical diagnosis.

To access the screenings, please visit our website.

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