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Taking care of our Pack

NC State community:

As we enter the second half of the semester, I write to offer encouragement, provide some resources for your continuing success, and acknowledge that for many, this is a very difficult time. The stress of classes, work, personal challenges and balancing life — all in the context of national and global strife over the past several years — has been nothing short of daunting for many in our community.

In the past year, we have unfortunately experienced tragic losses in our community; none are more difficult than an untimely death of a young member of our Wolfpack. Nationally, we remain in the midst of a mental health crisis that is affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. For college students, suicide is a leading cause of death across the U.S. That’s shocking, and it should make us all stop and think. 

As your chancellor and someone who has spent my career in higher education — and especially as a parent — this weighs heavily on me. And, whether you’ve been directly affected or not, the reality is such tragic losses weigh heavily on all of us as a Wolfpack.  

Today is World Mental Health Day, which focuses on raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. There are many resources on campus and in the broader community to provide help, but they cannot make a difference without you, me and each one of us understanding what they are and taking action to utilize them when needed. If you need support, please reach out; you deserve immediate help. And if you are concerned about a student, colleague or friend, please review this helpful information from NC State Prevention Services. You can also make an online referral for a student or employee you are concerned about.

Know that your community is here and stands ready to help. We talk often about the strength of our Pack and the importance of belonging. Our Pack is strong because of each of your individual contributions, and it grows stronger when you support each other. If you are struggling, you don’t have to do so alone or be ashamed of that struggle. 

The following are on- and off-campus resources to help you be successful and feel supported: 

Please take a moment to reflect on your personal well-being and the well-being of those around you. Take care of yourselves and each other — that’s what it means to be a part of our Pack. 

Thank you,
Chancellor Randy Woodson