Dr. Jessica Desalu, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist dedicated to law students through the Howard University Counseling Service. To set up a virtual counseling appointment, she can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard University has hired additional counselors available to the campus generally. They can be reached at 202-806-6870 (9:00 am - 4:00 am).
Additionally, the student telehealth mental health provider, Healthiest You is available both online or by phone 855-870-5858 by phone.
If your circumstances prohibit virtual sessions, students can also try Better Help.
As always, students should reach out to The Office of Student Affairs if they need academic, financial, or personal advising and counseling.
> Call 202-806-6870 (HUCS, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)
> Call 202-345-6709 (HUCS after hours crisis line)
> Call 855-870-5858 (Healthiest You)
> Call 800-273-TALK (Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
> Call 866-342-6892 (Optum's Emotional-Support Helpline)
> Call 800-799-SAFE (The National Domestic Violence Hotline)
> Call 800-799-SAFE (The National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24/7)
Access information about the D.C. Crime Victims Compensation Program which provides financial assistance and reimbursement to innocent victims of violent crime and their families with crime-related expenses. The D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert E. Morin issued an order in April that temporarily raises the emergency shelter spending cap from $3,000 to $9,000 per victim' it also raises the limit on emergency housing from 20 days to 60 days. Read the order here.
This list of resources that include selected strategies to consider as you navigate this period. If you find a resource that you think might resonate with others that isn't included, please feel free to share it with us at email@example.com.
DC Lawyer Assistance Program: "A free, confidential program for D.C. Bar members, judges, and District law students who are experiencing problems, such as addiction, mental health symptoms, or stress, which interfere with their personal or professional lives." Analogous programs organized by state can be found here.