This shooting took place at a venue that hosts educational and social events and serves the LGBTQ+ community in Orlando. Because the ethnic identity of the shooter has been released, there is also negative and hurtful stereotyping that is emerging in the careless speculations about this incident. And so we recognize that UT Austin students from a number of different communities are being impacted and needing additional support.
If you need to speak with someone immediately, we are here for you 24/7.
During business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.): walk in to SSB 5th or call (512) 471-3515 to speak with a counselor.
Outside business hours: Call CMHC Crisis Line (512) 471-2255
The Crisis Text Line - Text START to 741-741. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text.
Disaster Distress Helpline - 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 6674. The Disaster Distress Helpline is dedicated to providing year-round immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
When our community is shaken by tragic or abhorrent events on campus or beyond, CMHC staff wants to acknowledge the impact of these events on the students we serve. The Counseling and Mental Health Center is committed to the promotion and affirmation of diversity in its broadest sense. Our mission requires that people of every background be able to use our services with an expectation of respectful treatment. The professional ethics and standards of the various mental health disciplines represented at CMHC place a high value on the dignity and worth of individuals regardless of their gender expression and identity, ethnicity, race, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic class. Therefore, as part of their professional functioning, all staff members are expected to respect the dignity and worth of the individual, and to strive for the preservation and protection of fundamental human rights.
A major goal of our agency is to maintain an atmosphere of respect and trust in which we feel free to explore and discuss our attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors in relation to others who are similar to and different from ourselves. In particular, prejudice and discrimination on the basis of gender expression and identity, ethnicity, race, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic class run counter to our professional ethics as an agency.
*CMHC replicated parts of this message from our colleagues at Texas Woman’s University Counseling Center and Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)