Staying healthy is important whether it is your physical or mental health. At NC State we have access to a variety of resources.
Resources on Campus
The NC State Counseling Center and Health Center are allies for the GLBT community. They can respond to a variety of needs from a mental and physical health perspective. They have trained providers to answer questions, make referrals, and see clients/patients. The Counseling Center offers a variety of groups. There are numerous topics, including two specifically for the GLBT community. For more information download their flyer – Groups Brochure_Spring 2014. There are also drop in groups on the following topics: academics, stress management, and meditation. For more information, download their flyer – Drop in Groups 14.
Counseling Center GLBT Groups
Coffee Talks: Thursdays from 5pm-9pm
Join others in the GLBTQQ community for social support and discussion! An open, drop in group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, students questioning their identity, and their allies.
Pride Counseling Group: Tuesdays from 5pm-6:30pm
Explore life issues, worries, and woes in a small, safe, confidential setting. Share support and caring with other students in the GLBTQQ community.
It is important to be tested. There are number of locations that provide testing that is free and confidential. These include:
GLBT Center, NC State – last Friday of each month from 12pm – 2pm in collaboration with the Wake County Health Department
Health Center, NC State – first and third Wednesday each month from 12:30pm – 3pm in collaboration with the Wake County Health Department. These appointments at the Health Center with Wake County Health Department are anonymous. STD testing is done every day at the Health Center during regular business hours and if you have the Student Blue Health Plan it is free. For more information please visit the Health Center’s website.
LGBT Center of Raleigh – every Monday and Thursday evening from 6pm – 8:30pm in collaboration with the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina, 324 S. Harrington Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Alliance of AIDS Services – Monday through Thursday from 9am – 12pm, 1812 Tillery Place Suite 105, Raleigh NC 27604
Gateway Campus – every Tuesday from 12pm – 3pm, 1306 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC 27605.
Affordable Care Act
There is important information regarding how the Affordable Care Act (affectionately called Obamacare) benefits the GLBT community. For people who are already insured, not much will change. A good change if you’re already insured is that you can get basic preventive care like breast cancer and STI screenings with no co-pay. If you don’t currently have insurance, during open enrollment — which starts October 1, 2013 and runs through March 31, 2014 — it will be easier to get affordable health insurance. You can also visit www.healthcare.gov for more information.
The National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce (NGLTF) has worked diligently to put together information to use as a resource if you have any questions – The Taskforce ACA Information Packet.
Check the Student’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act by going to: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/affordable-care-act/
Specific GLBT Related Information
Out2Enroll.org launched on Friday October 11th – National Coming Out Day