Heels Care Network

The Heels Care Network is an integrated health and well-being response effort designed to reinforce Carolina's long-term commitment to the overall mental health of our campus.

This initiative brings together what we hear from our students. They need on-demand, collaborative, cross-campus health, well-being, and resilience support that coordinates existing resources with creative new approaches, ultimately leading to a culture of compassion and care.   

To meet this immediate need, Carolina: 

  • Strengthened peer support programs to destigmatize mental illness, facilitate support networks, and present educational programming on the campus using trained student facilitators;
  • Assessed the need for integrating more counselors into academic departments; and
  • Diversified our counseling team to respond to the specific needs of our students of color.

With help and support from our entire Carolina community, now is the right time to launch multi-faceted solutions to support our students. Learn how you can support this integrated approach to create solutions specific to our students.

Mental health concerns among high school to college-aged students having more than tripled in the last year; our solutions have to be focused long term. The University hopes to build a well-being ecosystem that permeates our campus, providing students with more accessible and more responsive services.  

Gift Opportunities

The Heels Care Network fund allows alumni, parents and donors to support all existing and emerging on-campus programs to promote mental health, resiliency, and well-being for Carolina students. An endowment will give Carolina’s leaders the flexibility to address student health and well-being from multiple directions, in the curriculum, and beyond.  

  • Opportunity | $10 million endowment  

Carolina is moving toward a way of effectively and efficiently distributing mental health services for students across its schools and colleges by creating a campus-wide, community-based model. Known as the embedded model, it places coaches and clinicians inside schools and colleges. By doing so, each therapist can address the specific and unique needs of each culture through confidential clinical service delivery and tailored outreach, education, and prevention programs; engage with faculty and staff through consultation; and develop materials specifically tailored to each school and college.

  • Opportunity | $3.6 million endowment

QPR — or Question, Persuade, and Refer — embodies three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

The University's Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program is designed to help students, faculty, and staff develop basic skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis, respond to substance use disorders, and identify professional resources that can provide additional care. This includes student peer-to-peer training as well. Faculty and staff training will enable Carolina to be a more proactive campus with regards to mental health and suicide prevention.

  • Opportunity | $1 million

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