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946-CARE for Distressed Faculty and Staff

We are all members of the Vol family, so let’s help take CARE of each other. Launched in 2010, the 946-CARE program provides support for faculty and staff who are in distress or concerned about a colleague.

The 946-CARE line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls are handled with sensitivity and concern, by trained professionals who assess each situation and take appropriate action.

 What types of behaviors might be cause for concern?

While no list can be exhaustive, the following are signs of troubling behavior you may notice in yourself or others that could warrant a call:

  • Depression
  • Fixation on weapons
  • Anger or paranoia
  • Chemical dependency
  • Social isolation
  • Zealotry—racial, religious, political, etc.
  • Pushing the limits of acceptable behavior
  • Contempt for authority
  • Newly acquired negative behavior
  • Diminished personal hygiene
  • Verbal threats, bullying
  • Stalking and harassing others or discussion of doing so

What happens when I call?

On weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. calls are answered by trained human resources professionals. The UT Police Department answers calls after 5 p.m., on weekends, and during closures. Each call is assessed with appropriate next steps and resources to follow.

The 946-CARE line is not designed to replace 911—you should always call 911 for emergencies. The 946-CARE line is a great place to turn, if you or someone you know, is struggling. To learn more, visit

If you are concerned for your welfare or for that of another UT citizen, call 946-CARE (865-946-2273) today.