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Special Notice Related to Current and Ongoing Racial Injustice and Violence

CCS joins the larger Butler community to reinforce President Danko's recent remarks regarding our shared moral obligation to strive for a world in which the rights of all people are respected, and equal opportunities are afforded, regardless of race, or whatever identities and backgrounds people represent. As a mental health service, CCS is committed to affirming and providing support for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by experiences of racism, discrimination, prejudice, bigotry, stereotyping and/or violence.  We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with processing and coping with recent and/or past experiences of trauma or any other emotional health concerns. 

Please find the most recent E-Newsletter prepared by the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Responding to Racism: Race-Related Trauma, Structural Injustice, Allyship, at

Brene Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on how to be an anti-racist:


Special Notice Related to COVID-19 

The office of CCS is open for serving students and the Butler community remotely. We recognize that during this time of change many may feel uncertainty and fear along with a host of other emotions. There may be concerns that affect your decisions about how to best manage your health and the health of those around you. In an effort to support you we have drafted a list of coping techniques and support resources to manage stress and anxiety that are attached to this message. Additionally, as updates continue to emerge regarding COVID-19, Butler University is monitoring the situation and meeting regularly to review local, state, and national health agency reports and assess preparedness plans. Please regularly review the COVID-19 Information website from Butler University to learn of any updates at

If you have a need to be in contact with someone from CCS for non-emergency matters, please either leave a message at 317-940-9385 or email the Director, Dr. Keith Magnus, at  Again, this would be for non-urgent matters, given that it will not always be possible to get alerted to and respond to these messages in a timely manner. CCS is providing limited teletherapy for students, due to staff furloughs that last until August 1, as well as consultation and case management for students, faculty, and staff. 

CCS Self-Care Short Video Clips

Check out brief self-care tips from CCS staff members to cope during the stay-at-home period of the pandemic:

Coping with Uncertainty, Change, and Fear

·         Keep things in perspective. It is okay and normal to have some worry about COVID-19; however keeping things in perspective can help to manage this. The fact that coverage is increasing on this issue does not necessarily mean that it presents an increased threat to you or your family. Often anxiety increases when we face new or unknown challenges. All of us have experienced a new or unknown challenge thus we are not alone in this. Reflect on what you have done in the past to support you in times like this and share supportive and resilience building resources with each other via phone and video calls.

·         Manage information sources and get the facts. Looking for reliable fact-based sources and decreasing engagement with fear-based sources. It is helpful to adopt a more analytical approach as you follow news reports about the coronavirus. You will also want to verify information that you receive from family, friends or social media. A few options are:

·         Communicate with your social support system and promote hope between each other. Focusing on routines, schedules and preparedness plans can help decrease distress. Fostering a sense of normalcy and providing a valuable outlet for sharing feelings and relieving stress. You can maintain these connections without increasing your risk of getting the virus by talking on the phone, texting or chatting with people on social media platforms. Feel free to share useful information you find on government websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own anxiety.

·         Seek additional help when necessary. Individuals feeling they are in crisis during this time can reach out crisis support services. Utilizing online and call-in options helps to reduce exposure. Please review below list for options. If you are feeling you are in immediate danger or crisis calling 911 is an option.

·         Practice Patience and Be Kind. Many are experiencing stress during this time and a little extra patience and kindness can go a long way. Using skills from mindfulness and meditation practices along with reminding yourself that people are working to respond to concerns as quickly as possible may be helpful.

Online or Call-in Resources

  • CCS’s Mental Health Resource and Referral pages – Includes on and off campus resources, crisis hotlines contact info, and helpful apps and websites to explore
  • This is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including infectious disease outbreaks. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 (tel:1-800-985-5990) or text the phrase "TalkWithUs" to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

  • Emotional-Support Help Line:  1-866-342-6892 Free access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19.  Provided by Optum, the toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline - also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service. They are a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, substance use and information service, in English and Spanish.  They can also be reached via phone at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889
  • NAMI HelpLine - National alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives  They can also be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Contact them by calling (800) 273-TALK (8255). More information at
  • Betterhelp – A teletherapy counseling website available 24/7 at a cost for subscription but included in the Butler student health insurance plan.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health and coping during COVID-19 for children and caregivers, as well as guidance for higher education administrators.
  • The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
  • Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty:
  • Mental health apps such as Calm, Talkspace, Headspace, Sanvello

Options for Connecting with a Community Mental Health Provider

If the teletherapy options available through CCS do not fit your needs, we encourage you to seek alternative services off campus. We are available by phone to help you find such alternatives, but here are a few general tips for conducting a search for mental health care:

  • Requesting support from your insurance company to find an in-network provider list, teletherapy options, and coverage for services
  • APA’s Psychologist locator tool can be accessed at 
  • Psychology today’s Find a therapist tool can be accessed at
  • All communities have a local community mental health center (CMHC) available to provide services to the community. Check your local resource for availability. For local students, Aspire Indiana Health is a local CMHC that offers teletherapy services



About CCS

Butler University’s Counseling and Consultation Services is committed to providing mental health services to students in order to help them achieve their academic and personal goals, promote their holistic well-being, and enhance their college experience.  CCS has four essential roles for advancing the educational mission of Butler University:

1. Providing clinical services, such as individual and group therapy, to students.
2. Delivering outreach and prevention programs to students and employees.
3. Providing consultation, crisis intervention, and collaborative services to the campus community.
4. Provide training and education to master’s and doctoral level mental health providers.


All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to use CCS.  The service provides a wide range of therapeutic interventions for Butler students.  These interventions are delivered in a brief therapy model that focuses on helping students make a desired change or reach a specific goal.

When a student’s needs require a different type of care than what we can provide, we will partner with the student to transition their care to resources in the community.  Our goal is to make the best match between the needs of students and appropriate services.  A few common examples of when a transition of care might be necessary include:

1. A need, or request, to be seen more than once a week for therapy
2. A need, or request, for uninterrupted care across semesters or academic years
3. Psychological testing for accommodations through Student Disability Services
4. Requests for letters of support for emotional support animals or housing exceptions
5. A need for a more intensive level of care or specialized care


Learn more about CCS via the links below.