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Navigating the News

The University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is committed to supporting students in light of current events and news. Below you will find archived responses of the HCC to what has been happening. Know that the HCC is here to support anyone who has been affected.

Recent Posts:

May 7th, 2019

As we navigate the news during these difficult times, we continue to be shocked and disheartened by continuous attacks on communities of faith and schools. The attacks on churches in Sri Lanka during Easter, and the attack on the Synagogue in San Diego during Passover, are both a direct threat to people trying to practice their faith and connect to their communities. Additionally, the attack at STEM School Highlands Ranch continues to challenge safety in educational settings. The HCC once again stands against these attacks, and we affirm our values of diversity, inclusion and equity. If you like to discuss your reactions and feelings to recent news, we are here to support. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205 and follow the respective prompts.

March 25th, 2019

If you are struggling in the wake of news surrounding recent deaths by suicide, the HCC wants you to know that we are here to support you.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or having thoughts of suicide call 303-871-2205 and ask to speak with the counselor on call. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after hours, call 303-871-2205 and follow the prompts.

You can also call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK at 24/7 for support. The Lifeline is free and confidential.

Attack in New Zealand

The HCC is shocked and saddened by the recent attacks on the Muslim community in New Zealand. Although they took place in a different country, the hate that fueled these attacks can be felt by Muslim communities throughout the world. This attack can contribute to feeling unsafe, targeted, and confused. The HCC stands by its values of inclusion and equity, and we are proud of DU's Muslim students, faculty, and staff. If you like to discuss your reactions and feelings to recent news, the HCC is here to support. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205 and follow the respective prompts.

Voluntary Medication Recall

The University of Denver Health and Counseling Center has been notified of a voluntary recall of medication you may be taking. The oral contraceptive pill packets containing Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol 3 MG/0.03 MG tablets may contain incorrect tablet arrangements and/or empty blister pockets. As a result of this packaging error tablets may be missing or inactive pills switched for active pills. For more information, please see here. In addition, you may call the Health and Counseling Center at 303-871-2205.

Bias Incidents

There has been a lot of attention regarding the actor Jussie Smollett's alleged assault in Chicago, and the consequences of potential false reporting on communities that do experience hate crimes every day. The University of Denver and the Health and Counseling Center are saddened by these events, as we seek to promote an inclusive and affirming environment, especially for students from marginalized populations. Bias incidents and microaggressions are realities for people of marginalized identities all the time. Should you experience a bias incident, please know your resources.

If you like to discuss your reactions and feelings to recent news, the HCC is here to support. Please contact us at 303-871-2205, or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205 and follow the respective prompts.

Government Shutdown

The Health and Counseling Center realizes that the recent government shutdowns may cause some anxieties and hardships for students and their families. The HCC is here to provide a safe and confidential environment for you to process any reactions you may have. We are here to support you. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205/Press 1.

Incident of Sexual Assault at Baylor

Sexual assault continues to be one of the most under reported and under prosecuted crimes and is entangled in all aspects of power, privilege and oppression. We at the HCC are committed to supporting sexual assault survivors by providing advocacy, support, and counseling. We provide specialized services through the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) located at our Asbury location, as well as general counseling at both our Ritchie Center and Asbury locations.

For CAPE daytime advocacy hours, please call 303.871.3853. For after hours (for both CAPE and general counseling), please call 303.871.2205.

Department of Education Announcement

On Friday, the Department of Education released new proposed regulations for Title IX, and have opened up a 60 day notice and comment period. We recognize that it can be difficult, activating, and re-traumatizing for survivors as discussions around sexual assault continue to be centered in the media. For more information regarding Title IX policies and procedures at DU, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.

We at the HCC are committed to supporting sexual assault survivors by providing advocacy, support, and counseling. We provide specialized services through the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) located at our Asbury location, as well as general counseling at both our Ritchie Center and Asbury locations.

For CAPE daytime advocacy hours, please call 303.871.3853. For after hours (for both CAPE and general counseling), please call 303.871.2205.

Shooting in Thousand Oaks

The DU Health and Counseling Center would like to extend our condolences and sympathies to those affected by the recent Thousand Oaks shooting. We recognize that this could be a very difficult time for many of our students who are from that area or know others who are. We also want students to know if you or others are experiencing distress related to this event, or if this event activated memories of other tragedies in your life, the HCC is here to provide a safe and confidential environment to discuss this with a counselor. Please contact the HCC at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours support at 303-871-2205/Option 1 should you like assistance.

November 1st, 2018

In light of the recent attack on DU's Latinx community via the hateful email sent from an unidentified source, the HCC wants to acknowledge that these statements are against our values of diversity, inclusion and equity. We at the HCC respect, honor, and appreciate the diversity of students that we serve, and want the Latinx community to know that we are here to support them in any way we can.

The HCC is here to provide a safe and confidential environment for you to process any reactions you may have. We are here to support you. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205/Press 1. We encourage you to reach out to us as well as others in your life who can support you. 

October 29th, 2018

The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is deeply saddened by the shootings at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The HCC offers our support and condolences to the Jewish community and to all those that have been impacted either directly or indirectly by the shooting. We recognize that this is a very difficult time for who those impacted by anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred and discrimination.


The HCC is here to provide a safe and confidential environment for you to process any reactions you may have. We are here to support you. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205/Press 1. We encourage you to reach out to us as well as others in your life who can support you.

Media  Coverage of Sexual Assault

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about sexual assault and sexual assault survivors, especially in the media. These types of conversations could be very difficult to hear and could potentially traumatize or re-traumatize survivors of sexual assault. We at the HCC are committed to supporting sexual assault survivors by providing advocacy, support, and counseling. We provide specialized services through the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) located at our Asbury location, as well as general counseling at both our Ritchie Center and Asbury locations. For CAPE daytime advocacy hours, please call 303.871.3853. For after hours (for both CAPE and general counseling), please call 303.871.2205. We also offer drop in hours, Monday to Friday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Separation of Immigrant Families - June 20th

Recently, the current administration has begun employing policies that separate immigrant children from their parents. These actions are dehumanizing and traumatizing and the HCC stands against them. The American Psychological Association has spoken out against these policies citing the severe negative psychological impact on these families. We at the HCC acknowledge that these actions may be activating for many students and we are here to support you.

If you or someone you know has been affected, please contact the HCC at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours support at 303-871-2205/Option 1.

June 8th

In light of recent suicides reported in the media, the HCC would like to iterate that suicide is a complicated act. It is usually caused by a mental health issue such as depression, which can impact a person ability to think clearly about their problems and how to solve them. Sometimes these disorders are not identified or noticed; in other cases, a person with a disorder will show obvious symptoms or signs.

One thing is certain: Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, help is available.

The Health and Counseling Center offers free crisis services 24/7 for mental health emergencies.

Call 303-871-2205 and ask to speak with the counselor on call.

If you are calling when the center is closed, follow the prompts to be directly connected to an on-call counselor.

You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-TALK for support.

If you are worried that someone you know is thinking about suicide, the following resources may help:
Learn about warning signs of suicide
How to support someone who is thinking about suicide

May 15th

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and the Health and Counseling Center would like to offer support for Native American students at the University of Denver especially in light of discrimination on college campuses. The HCC is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all DU students. If you or someone you know has been affected, please contact the HCC at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours support at 303-871-2205/Option 1.

April 25th, 2018

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the march on Washington for LGBTQIA rights. The DU HCC wants to honor the progress that has been made and the progress still to come. The HCC is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all DU students. Please check out our LGBTQIA Support and Empowerment Group information here. Additionally, check out more ways DU supports LGBTQIA initiatives at the Pride Portal.

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Wednesday April 4th, 2018

The HCC would like to honor and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

MLK's Legacy

The HCC is committed to providing an inclusive, safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all DU students. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205/Press 1.

Monday March 26th, 2018

The HCC acknowledge and offer our support and condolences to all those that have been impacted either directly or indirectly by gun violence. The HCC is here to provide a safe and confidential environment for you to process any reactions you may have. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205/Press 1. We encourage you to reach out to us as well as others in your life who can support you.

Friday January 19, 2018

In light of U.S District Judge William Alsup decision regarding the DACA program and DACAmented individual's ability to renew, The Latin America Center, CIRC, Sturm College of Law, Latinx Student Alliance, Keeping the Dream Alive, and the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies are hosting a DACA Renewal Clinic.

The event will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:00pm at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, 2201 S Gaylord Street, Denver, CO, 80208, Room 1020. Free parking is provided.

Friday January 12,


Yesterday, President Trump was quoted saying hateful and racist words against the peoples of the nations of Haiti, El Salvador and other African nations. These words are harmful and are antithetical to the values of the HCC. The HCC strongly speaks out against race, prejudice, bigotry and hate. The HCC is committed to and stands in solidarity with all students and staff, regardless of their race/ethnicity or other social identities.


The HCC offers a Students of Color Support and Empowerment Group

Ending Temporary Protected Status- Immigration News
January 9, 2018


The Department of Homeland Security has recently announced that the current administration will end protections for certain nationals of Central America by terminating the Temporary Protected Status program. This decision has impact on our community and DU students. The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is here to support anyone impacted by this news. The HCC is a safe and confidential environment to discuss this with a counselor. If support is needed, please contact us at 303-871-2205, and after-hours press Option 1.

Election Day Results

November 8th 2017

The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) acknowledges that local and national elections can result in many different reactions and responses. Over the year, many in our community have been impacted by larger political events to an extent that it has impaired their ability to thrive or led them to feel unsafe on campus. It can be particularly stressful for individuals struggling with a friend group or family members who are politically divided. We hope the HCC can be a space where all reactions/responses are processed. Whatever your belief or political affiliations, we are here to support you.

Violence in the US

November 7th 2017

The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is deeply saddened that within such a short time, we once again are faced with the tragedies of violent acts within our country. The HCC acknowledge and offer our support and condolences to all those that have been impacted either directly or indirectly by the shootings that occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Thornton, Colorado and the act of violence in New York. We recognize that this could be a very difficult time for many students, faculty and staff who are from these areas, have loved ones impacted by the tragedies or who are impacted by gun violence. The HCC is here to provide a safe and confidential environment for you to process any reactions you may have. We are here to support you. Please contact us at 303-871-2205 or HCC after hours counselor on call at 303-871-2205/Press 1. We encourage you to reach out to us as well as others in your life who can support you.

Click here for additional resources from The American Counseling Association.

"Me Too"

People who have been sexually assaulted or harassed are posting "me too" on their social media outlets to show how widespread the problem of sexual assault is. We know this issue impacts many of our community members at DU. The Health and Counseling Center is here to support you. The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) supports survivor healing by providing advocacy, and support for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

You can contact CAPE at:
Daytime Advocacy 303-871-3853
After-Hours Crisis 303-871-2205
[email protected]

We see you, we acknowledge you, and we are here for you.

Tragedy in Las Vegas

October 2, 2017

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is deeply saddened by the tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017. We recognize that this could be a very difficult time for many of our students who are from that area or know others who are from there as well. We want you to know if you or other students are experiencing distress related to this event, or if this event triggered memories of other tragedies in your life, the HCC is here to provide a safe and confidential environment to discuss this with a counselor. If support is needed, please contact us at 303-871-2205, and after-hours press Option 1.


During this time, we encourage you to create a culture of care by reaching out for support as well as extend support to others. It is important for us to stay connected and do what we can to take care of one another in the DU community. For additional resources, please see this link by The American Psychological Association:
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx