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University Counseling Center, Pitt police collaborate to ‘de-escalate’ crisis calls

By Punya Bhasin, Assistant News Editor February 2, 2022
The University Counseling Center and Pitt police have partnered to create a new program to provide a response from both mental health professionals and police to students in distress.
Buttons at Student Government Board’s meeting last week in support of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Student organizations plan Mental Health Awareness Month

By Colm Slevin, Senior Staff Writer October 18, 2021
The month of October is filled with events organized by student organizations in order to raise awareness and to start the conversation on mental health
Pitt’s Office of Civil Rights and Title IX hosted an event titled “Violence on the Rise: The Troubled Relationship between COVID-19 and domestic violence” last September, which addressed the increase of domestic violence and sexual violence during the pandemic.

‘Survivor-centered’: Intimate partner violence, sexual assault organizations forge ahead amidst pandemic

By Natalie Frank, Senior Staff Writer February 10, 2021
Amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, intimate partner violence and sexual assault advocate groups remained certain about one thing — helping survivors.
Pitt’s Counseling Center has partnered with PittVotes to co-host events for the Pitt community during election season.

Counseling Center, student groups collaborate to ease student stress around election season

By Rashi Ranjan, Staff Writer November 4, 2020
To alleviate stress and anxiety that students may be feeling during election season, the University Counseling Center has partnered with PittVotes to co-host events for the Pitt community.
Dr. Paul Duprex, director of Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research, speaks about COVID-2019 at a February Senate Council meeting.

Senate Council discusses coronavirus effects at Pitt

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer March 19, 2020
With the effects of the global SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic felt internationally, people are clamoring for a vaccine.
Michele Welker of the Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education answers a student question while Univeristy Counseling Center Director Jay Darr listens. SGB replaced their normal meeting with a mental health town hall.

Counseling Center leaders talk mental health at SGB town hall

By Emily Drzymalski, Staff Writer October 9, 2019
Top officials from the University Counseling Center discussed mental health at an SGB town hall Tuesday night.
Starting in October, counselors will be available for consultation sessions in Sutherland Hall, Lothrop Hall and Towers Lobby.

Counseling Center adds staff, puts counselors in residence halls

By Charlotte Pearse, For The Pitt News September 24, 2019
Placing counselors in residence halls is an expansion of the center’s “Let’s Talk” consultation services, which seek to bring counselors to students instead of the other way around.
Jay Darr is the current Counseling Center director at Pitt.

Oakland news roundup

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer July 1, 2019
As an urban campus bustling with nearly 30,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty, there’s always news breaking at Pitt.
The Pitt student activity fee will increase for the first time in 15 years.

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

By Vaibhav Gupta, Staff Writer May 22, 2019
After deliberating for about five minutes in a Posvar Hall conference room, the Student Affairs Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to increase mandatory student fees for activities and wellness.
Counseling Center Director Jay Darr at the “Mental Health Mixer and Town Hall” in March.

Q&A: Jay Darr on the future of Pitt’s Counseling Center

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer April 16, 2019
Since he began the job in mid-February, Pitt’s newest Counseling Center Director Jay Darr said he’s spent his time talking with his staff and going on a “listening tour” around campus to hear what students are saying about the center.
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