We are greatly saddened by the news of the fatal floods in Libya and the catastrophic destruction, loss of life and homelessness that has been caused. Our thoughts are with all our Libyan students, staff and alumni and those of you with family and friends affected by this disaster. It is very hard to be away from loved ones at these distressing times and we are holding you in our hearts.
If you have been affected by this disaster, please know that there are a number of ways in which King’s can offer support:
How we are supporting students
Our Faculty Wellbeing Advisors are contacting students with nationality and registered domicile of Libya to offer support and will connect with faculty colleagues where students respond identifying specific needs.
Support for students and staff
The King’s community can be a real source of comfort and strength to one another in times of distress and loss.
The chaplains across the King’s campuses are there for students and staff of all faiths and none, and are experienced at walking with people who are experiencing grief and anxiety. They can be contacted at email@example.com.
Counselling support is also available to our students. Students can speak to the King’s Counselling & Mental Health Support Service which offers free and confidential in-person and online support as well as King’s Counselling Online service. Students may also like to connect with their peers through KCLSU.
Our staff may want to talk to a trusted colleague or manager, and our independent and confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) can be contacted by phone or email.
Please do reach out to one another and to the wider community for care and support, and be very gentle with yourselves. You will be on our minds and in our hearts through these difficult days.
Agencies offering aid
If you feel moved, and are able, to offer financial help to people in the affected regions, donations can be made through the Red Cross appeal.
If you are planning to travel overseas or are returning to the UK, please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website and follow the guidance in place for the country you are travelling to and from. Please make sure you follow the university guidance for business or study travel.
With best wishes,
The Revd Dr Ellen Clark-King
Dean of King’s College London