How to Support a Longhorn

The Longhorn community, along with much of the world, is going through a particularly tough time. The COVID-19 pandemic, the ensuing need for social distancing and other safety measures, and the resulting uncertainty can contribute to stress and distress. Whether we are together in person or interacting virtually, Longhorns can still support each other through this difficult time. You are not expected to be a counselor, therapist or advocate. However, you can make a difference by referring people to resources that can provide ongoing support and being supportive and empathetic.

Research on resilience tells us that connection is one of the most important buffers during challenging times. To support each other, we can keep an eye out for signs that someone may be experiencing distress. We all have the power to prevent high-risk behavior or harm. This page offers ideas for students supporting students, employees supporting their colleagues, staff and faculty supporting students and managers supporting their employees. The list is not exhaustive, and not every item included necessarily means a person needs support. However, these are common signs that indicate it may be helpful to check in.