DePaul’s Mental Health Resources

Everyone comes to university with different past experiences and ongoing challenges. How school might impact and/or exacerbate these external pressures naturally varies from person to person, but you should never feel alone if you find yourself in a period of struggle. There are always people at DePaul ready to listen and prepared to help you. You should never feel that your mental health struggles are taboo or shameful. Here is a list of mental health resources that are open to DePaul students:

1. DePaul University Counseling

Located in: Lincoln Park Campus: Student Center, Room 350; or Loop Campus: Lewis Center, Room 1465

773-325-2273

DePaul offers a variety of counseling services for students free of cost. Here you can do confidential group counseling, get over-the-phone consultations, participate in special events and workshops, and receive referrals for external services in your community. The counseling staff is diverse and will help with a wide variety of issues from substance abuse to identity development to academic anxiety and more. You can schedule an appointment or speak directly with a counselor by calling their number or through their website.

2. DePaul’s Therapy Line: (773)-325-2273

More than just a way to book appointments, the DePaul counseling number is also open for chatting with a member of the counseling staff about any issues you might currently be facing. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or isolated and just want someone to talk to, you can call this line. This service is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Students who are Hard of Hearing can dial the number 1-800-828-1140 and select (1) for voice relay services before entering the therapy line number.

3. External Services and Hotlines

Sometimes you might not feel comfortable using on-campus resources, or maybe these resources are not adequately meeting your specific needs. If that’s the case, there are still several services available to you, many with specific issues in mind.

Suicide Prevention: Text HOME to 741741 to speak with a crisis counselor or call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to the Suicide Prevention Hotline

Substance Abuse: The SAMSHA hotline is 1-800-662-4357, The Haymarket Center provides drug and alcohol abuse treatment throughout the state of Illinois

LGBTQ+ Affirming Services: The Trevor Project has a hotline at 1-866-488-7386 and the Center on Halsted provides a variety of services for Chicago’s LGBTQ community

Eating Concerns: NEDA has an online chat service and a hotline at (800) 931-2237

Please visit DePaul’s official page on mental health services for more information about on and off-campus resources

You are not alone. Please remember, the Honors office is always here for you. Our staff wants to remind you that we are here (even over the break) to help you, lend a listening ear, or guide you to resources if you feel you would like some additional support. We are here for you, and we care about you.


Honorable Mentions Winter Quarter 2022

The latest edition of Honorable Mentions, the quarterly Honors newsletter, has officially arrived! This quarter’s issue introduces the program’s newest academic advisor, talks about what Honors Student Government has been up to behind the scenes, and gives some fun suggestions for the goings-on in the city! As always, huge kudos to newsletter editors and designers Julia Matuszek and Ben Stumpe as well as to all of the students who contributed!




Online Feedback for the Honors Program

Hi, everyone!

As you know, the Honors Student Government is organizing an open forum for members of the Honors community to voice their opinions and propose future changes for the program. We understand that not everyone may be able to attend the event or that some might not feel comfortable sharing their opinions publicly, so HSG has created an anonymous online form for anyone in the program to fill out. We greatly appreciate your participation as we are always striving to meet the needs of students and we need your feedback to make that possible.

The form can be found here: Honors Feedback

If you ever have thoughts on the Honors program or Honors-affiliated events that you would want to share, please feel free to reach out to the blog editors. More on how to do that can be found here


Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster and Mask Guidelines

Hi Honors Community,

With in-person learning returning this coming week (Tuesday, January 18th), it is more important than ever that we do all we can to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy. As you may have seen, DePaul has updated its guidelines to help limit COVID exposure during Winter Quarter. Following the guidance of the Chicago Public Health Department, there are new requirements regarding booster vaccinations and updated mask guidelines.

Students, faculty and staff should receive a COVID-19 booster as soon as they are eligible, and proof of a booster vaccine is required by Tuesday, March 1st. Additionally, cloth masks alone no longer meet the mask requirements, and KN95 or N95 masks are highly recommended. If you do not have access to these types of masks, you may layer a cloth mask over a surgical one, and certain DePaul buildings will have a limited number of KN95 masks available. To see a list of these locations, visit the face masks FAQ at: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/faqs/Pages/health-wellness-prevention.aspx. It is also recommended that everyone get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus. Visit: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/resources/Pages/testing-information.aspx for testing hours and locations.

Keep an eye out for updates and thank you for doing your part in keeping our DePaul community healthy.

For details, see the official statement at: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/updates/Pages/jan-13-message.aspx.

For more information on DePaul’s COVID guidelines and safety tips, visit: go.depaul.edu/covid.


Winter Quarter 2022 Update

Hi Honors Students, 

I’m sure most of you are aware of the latest news regarding Winter Quarter classes, but in case you have not seen the email from DePaul’s president: the first two weeks of the quarter (from January 3rd to January 15th) are going to be online. Campus buildings and residence halls will be open during this time, but all classes are going to be remote.* 

This comes as somewhat of a shock, albeit understandable with the unpredictable nature of the newest omicron variant, and is undoubtedly disheartening for many who have enjoyed the return to in-person classes and campus events. After a year and a half of Zoom classes, many students are likely just hoping for a return to some sense of pre-COVID normalcy, a normalcy that for now may have to wait. 

The good news is that, as of now, this is only a two-week commitment and not a whole quarter or whole year declaration. Hopefully, these two weeks will give the university ample time to prepare safety measures and protocol so that students can return to in-person classes for the duration of the quarter. Now more than ever is a time to be extra vigilant in following safety precautions and taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Since many students are likely travelling this holiday season, make sure to do so safely and responsibly. Please take care of yourselves and others this holiday season, and we look forward to seeing everybody back in January. 

*The Theatre School has said that all rehearsals and shop activities will remain in-person during this time period. 

If you want to see the president’s official statement, visit: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/updates/Pages/winter-quarter-update.aspx

For more information on DePaul’s COVID guidelines and safety tips, visit: go.depaul.edu/covid


Honorable Mentions Autumn Quarter 2021

The latest edition of Honorable Mentions is here! Congratulations to the writers, artists, journalists, and photographers whose work is featured.  And a huge thanks to Julia Matuszek and Ben Stumpe, the editors who pulled it all together for us and created this beautiful publication. Check out the Autumn 2021 edition of the newsletter below.