As East Carolina University returns from fall break today, it is important for faculty, staff and students to remember to take mental health breaks if needed as the semester enters its latter half.
Fall break at ECU took place from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12 and gave students Monday and Tuesday off of class. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fall break during the fall 2020 semester was eliminated as the semesters took place in 15-week and 8-week block formats, a condensed schedule.
The winter break was extended to compensate, but it is essential small breaks are given throughout semesters so students, faculty and staff can have some sort of time off from their workloads.
As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic and its unfortunate circumstances, students' stress levels may still be high due to uncertainties in the classroom and with their health.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, appreciate the opportunity to take a few days off of class and believe it is important to continue to encourage time off for faculty, staff and student mental health.
Following recent events at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill this past weekend which included a suicide and attempted suicide by two students, we believe it is important to prioritize mental health now more than ever on UNC System campuses.
Counseling services are available at the ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development, ECU Family Therapy Clinic, ECU Physicians Psychiatry Clinics and the Navigate Counseling Clinic. A full list of mental health information and services at ECU can be found on the ECU Counseling Services and Informations Resources website.