A Community in Mourning; Grief Resources Available

A message from President Hanbury:

Dear NSU students, faculty and staff,

I share with you all the grief of yesterday’s tragic event in Parkland. These unnecessary scenes of violence leave many of us feeling a sense of hopelessness. My heart goes out to all who are affected and, more than ever, it’s a time for the NSU family to support each other and our neighbors.

Let’s be thankful for the first responders and brave people on the scene, and keep the victims and their families/friends in our prayers in this most difficult of times. How many times must our nation face this kind of devastating tragedy? I want to reaffirm my stance that such deadly weapons have no place in our society.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: The Big Red Bus is on campus near the Terry Building on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, collecting much-needed O Negative and other types of blood in support of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School victims.

I want to remind you about several resources that are available for free to NSU employees and students. Please use these confidential resources if you are experiencing grief or any other emotional distress from this tragedy. Please share this information with anyone who may need to talk with someone or has questions about how to talk with their children about this senseless violence.

Employee Assistance Program (staff and faculty)

The EAP: Aetna’s Resources for Living is a confidential, free resource staffed 24/7 by professional counselors who can provide direct support and referral to other support services to help you deal with problems that seem overwhelming. The EAP is available to all NSU employees and every member of their household and includes up to six face-to-face counseling sessions per issue per plan year. Note: All NSU employees may access this service – you do NOT need to be enrolled in the NSU ICUBA insurance plan to use this benefit. You may access services online at www.resourcesforliving.com or by phone at 877-398-5816 (press option 1 for EAP services). The Employee Assistance Program username is ICUBA and the password is 8773985816.

Henderson Student Counseling Center for NSU Students

Services provided at the center include: treatment for anxiety, panic and depression; anger management; financial stress; social struggles; chronic illnesses; abuse; suicidal thoughts; break-ups and divorce; assault; and many other areas affecting a student’s quality of life. In addition to the office hours listed below, a crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give support and counseling by phone. The Student Counseling Center has moved from the Parker building to 3538 University Park Plaza off of University Drive, just east of the Nova Southeastern University Bookstore.

Additionally, Aetna has provided this downloadable flyer for anyone in the community who may be in need of assistance following this evening’s events. The number on this flyer is a community access number and is open to all – employment is not required to access this service.



George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer

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