Students, faculty, and staff at CU Denver who are facing any type of crisis can now go to one place: help.UCDenver.edu. The anonymous FindHelpNow website is an essential crisis navigation tool for everyone in the Lynx community.
Whether you’re experiencing a financial hardship or mental/physical condition and aren’t sure of the campus resources that can help, you can answer a few anonymous questions and get directed to relevant support services. FindHelpNow serves everyone in the CU Denver community and helps connect you to the right services—for all matters. Chief of Staff Regina Kilkenny, PhD, explained the purpose of this new digital tool: “FindHelpNow will help our campus community members quickly find varied support resources in moments of need, particularly when they are in an urgent situation. CU offers a lot of resources to support faculty, staff and students but sometimes it can be confusing to know where to turn.”
FindHelpNow is a simple website that gets you to the right place to help you address all matter of problems, including financial or academic concerns, physical or mental health issues, and gradual or sudden difficulties. Kilkenny provided a few scenarios for using FindHelpNow: “For example, where could a faculty member go if they feel harassed or discriminated against? How can students get mental health support in the middle of the night when they are feeling alone?” You can get help for small or large problems by going to one place. You can even look up support services for someone else that you notice might be struggling. None of your personal information is collected or stored.
Given the many stressors caused or exacerbated by the pandemic, and the variety of support systems in place on and off campus, Kilkenny said the university wanted a streamlined place for everyone to use in order to increase personal well-being. FindHelpNow helps students, faculty, and staff seamlessly and confidentially. By focusing on holistic health, the website supports the Strategic Plan goal of making CU Denver a “people-centered best place to work.”