3 Ways Rollins Can Help

Rollins is reaching out to the College community to offer grief and counseling resources in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando.

Community members gathered at Rollins College's Vigil for Peace on June 13. (Photo by Scott Cook) Community members gathered at Rollins College's Vigil for Peace on June 13. (Photo by Scott Cook)

The terror attack on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub has left many in disbelief, horror, and grief. While there are ways that Rollins College can help our community, the College is also providing support for people to deal with pain in a healthy way.

1. Counseling Sessions

The Rollins Wellness Center is providing a safe and confidential space for students who wish to come together to receive support from peers and counselors. A group session will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at 10 a.m.

The College acknowledges the increased impact that this tragic event has had on the LGBT+, Latinx, and Muslim communities. The Rollins Wellness Center, along with local counselors, is providing grief counseling services and support.

Off campus, Aspire Health and the Zebra Coalition are partnering to provide crisis counseling in both English and Spanish at The First Unitarian Church of Orlando on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for as long as the need presents. For more information, call the Zebra Coalition hotline at 407-228-1448.

If you continue to experience emotional distress, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office at 407-646-2345 or care@rollins.edu, or a licensed mental health professional.

2. Tars Talk

Hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement, Tars Talk is a series of conversations about community engagement and social justice issues. On June 16 at 12:30 p.m., community members are invited to the Bieberbach & Reed Conference Rooms in the Cornell Campus Center to engage in dialogue about the shooting.

3. Employee Assistance Program open for all

The College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, Aetna Behavioral Health, offers resources to all Rollins employees and their families. And until July 31, it will also extend its support to the general public in response to those who have been impacted by the Orlando tragedy. Aetna’s EAP professionals have experience in dealing with traumatic events and can provide specific support and interventions as needed. To speak with an Aetna EAP representative, call 1-888-AETNA-EAP (1-888-238-6232).