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School of Music Partners with UT Psychological Clinic to Offer Behavioral Health Consultations

The School of Music is offering free behavioral and mental health consultations for all music students. Lauren Fox, an advanced doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at UT, is conducting walk-in office hours on Mondays between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in room 209 of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The consultations will continue through the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. 

“Mental health is so important for everyone, because it’s inseparable from overall health,” said Fox. “Far too few of us are given the tools or support to learn how to attend to our mental health. We’re hoping this is a successful pilot program that shows both the need for services and how we can meet that need.”

The consultations are opportunities for interested individuals to seek help in finding recommendations for appropriate resources, managing the stress of school and/or work life balance, and evaluating mental health needs. Meetings last 30 minutes, and they are available for up to 3 sessions. 

Fox received her Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Maryland, which she hopes will only serve to enhance her understanding of the challenges that students and individuals are facing. “As a musician, how you’re feeling can directly influence how you perform,” said Fox. 

“At times, it can be extremely difficult to distinguish the difference between commitment to your art, suffering for your art, and suffering in general. And no one needs to suffer for their art or for any other reason.”

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Contact: Jeff Roberts (865-974-8935, jrobe126@utk.edu)

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