Helping Students Talk About Mental Health After UNC Shooting

by Sami

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On August 28, 2023, I had to make the call no parent wants to make when I learned there was an active shooter at UNC where my daughter is a student.

Thankfully, she was safe, but it unearthed a lot of emotions and questions, which is why I’ve asked Madison Perry from the North Carolina Study Center to join me on The Sami Cone Show.

How to Talk to Students About Mental Health After the UNC Shooting

Madison and I discussed:

  • The recent shooting on UNC’s campus
  • How to make sense of the senseless
  • Why we need to stop normalizing “good” or “bad” days and instead learn how to embrace joy and pain simultaneously,
  • How to help our teens/young adults rewrite the script/narrative when others try to tell them how to feel
  • The intersection of faith and society (how our belief in Jesus should inform our daily activities and interactions)

About the North Carolina Study Center

Madison Perry is the Founder and Executive Director of the North Carolina Study Center, a Christian study center serving UNC Chapel Hill. He lives with his wife and six children in Durham, NC and is ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America.

UPDATE: On September 13, another instance of gun violence took place on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

A disgruntled boyfriend pulled out a gun in the Student Union at Alpine Bagel. No shots were fired, but the campus went under lockdown for two hours.

I discussed the incident in detail on my Daily Dash.

You will also find my resource list for UNC Students and Parents for what to do in times of crisis.

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