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Pitt officials address student questions about mental health on campus

Student Government Board hosted a virtual town hall with Black Action Society in place of its usual Tuesday night meeting this week. The event focused on mental health as it relates to COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

By Nathan Fitchett, Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

The town hall, part of Pitt’s Mental Health Awareness Month, focused on mental health at Pitt, particularly how it’s been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

University Senate panel talks mental health in virtual meeting

The University Senate held a panel discussion on mental health in academic life during the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday afternoon via Zoom.

By Mary Rose O'Donnell, Assistant News Editor

April 10, 2020

Pitt community members took the time Thursday to discuss how current events are affecting mental health in academia and what can be done to address it. 

Counseling Center leaders talk mental health at SGB town hall

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.

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.

Counseling Center adds staff, puts counselors in residence halls

Starting in October, counselors will be available for consultation sessions in Sutherland Hall, Lothrop Hall and Towers Lobby.

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.

Oakland news roundup

Jay Darr is the current Counseling Center director at Pitt.

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.

Student affairs committee approves activity, wellness fee increases

The Pitt student activity fee will increase for the first time in 15 years.

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.

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

Counseling Center Director Jay Darr at the “Mental Health Mixer and Town Hall” in March.

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.

Darr hears students’ counseling center concerns

Counseling Center Director Jay Darr responds to students' concerns about the center at Thursday evening’s “Mental Health Mixer and Town Hall.”

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 22, 2019

For the first time since being hired in January 2019, Pitt’s new Counseling Center Director Jay Darr made a public appearance at a Town Hall Thursday night.

Pitt appoints counseling center director

Jay Darr was named Counselor of the Year in 2018 by the American College Counseling Association.

By Erica Guthrie, Senior Staff Writer

January 13, 2019

19 months after the arrest of Edward Michaels, the University has appointed a new director of the UCC. Kenyon Bonner, Pitt vice provost and dean of students, said Darr, as the director, will play an imperative role in the UCC’s mission to support students’ well-being.

Breaking: Pitt appoints counseling center director

Jay Darr was hired as the director of the University Counseling Center.

By Brian Gentry and Christian Snyder

January 11, 2019

Pitt has been without a full-time director of the counseling center since the previous director was arrested in May 2018 on charges of possessing child pornography.

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