I hope the long weekend presented an opportunity to connect with family and friends, and perhaps to recharge. I know as many gave thanks, many of us were also horrified to learn of the violence, lives lost, and many feared missing in Israel.
Now is a time for us to show empathy and understanding for anyone in our community who may personally be affected by terrorism and violence, or who could be upset by associations or memories brought forward by the recent news and heartbreak being felt by so many.
I would like to remind everyone of the help that is available, should you or someone you know need assistance, and that news of violence and terrorism around the world can impact us all - even without a direct personal connection - as we are a global community. Please, if you or someone you know needs help, speak up and connect with the options for support that are listed below.
Resources for students:
1. keep.meSAFE app www.keepmesafe.org. for international students
2. WeConnect wespeakstudent.com/ for domestic students
3. Wellness and Accessibility supports including personal counselling and academic accommodations
4. Spiritual Care support for students, regardless of denomination, faith tradition, spiritual conviction
5. International Student Advisors are on each SLC campus for resources and support
Resources for employees: All employees can access the Employee Family Assistance plan, confidentially, free of charge, 24/7.
By offering nonjudgmental support, listening, or referring someone to the resources listed above, to anyone who needs it, you can help. Sadly, as events of the past weekend, and truly recent months have shown, our world continues to navigate tremendous loss, heartache, and uncertainty. In the case of any situation where lives are lost and people live in fear, I can only hope that peace can be found, and healing can begin.