CAPS advises or oversees three primary student groups: Emory’s Active Minds chapter, the Black Mental Health Ambassadors (BMHA), and the Emory HelpLine.

Volunteer Opportunities


Active Minds is a national organization that focuses on reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. Active Minds aims to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses by developing and supporting student-run chapters focused on increasing awareness of mental health issues, providing information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encouraging students to seek help, and serving as liaison between students and the mental health community. If you would like to become involved in Emory’s chapter of Active Minds, please visit them on OrgSync, or on Facebook . You may also email them at emoryactiveminds@gmail.com or contact their advisor, Barbara Emmanuel, LCSW, at barbara.emmanuel@emory.edu.

Black Mental Health Ambassadors (BMHA) is an organization that was created by Black students in partnership with CAPS. The organization emerged in response to the formal demands of the Black Students at Emory in 2016. BMHA seeks to advocate for Black undergraduate and graduate students in relation to mental health. To get involved, contact their advisor, Dr. Mahkada Taylor, at mahkada.taylor@emory.edu.

Emory Helpline (HL) is a confidential, peer support telephone hotline that serves the Emory community by providing support for students with non-urgent mental health needs. It is accessed by calling 404.727.4357 (HELP) and is open from 8:30 pm - 1:00 am, 7 days per week during the academic year (closed for all major student holidays). The Helpline has proudly served the Emory community for almost 40 years. Students interested in volunteering for the Helpline should note that the organization requires a significant time commitment.

If you are interested in applying to volunteer, please download and complete the application.

Deadline: Applications for the 19-20 academic year are due at 11:59pm on Friday, October 11.

Here is the link to our 2019 application:

tinyurl.com/HelplineApp2019

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the HL recruitment team at emoryhl.recruitment@gmail.com

Helpline FAQs:

How do I become a part of the HL?

Applying to become a member of the HL is a 3-step process that includes the following: (a) completing a written application; (b) if invited, attending an in-person interview; and (c) if invited, attending a 12-week training, which consists of 3.5 hours of training, 1 evening per week.

How can I obtain an application?

Applications for the HL are typically available late in the fall semester. If you are interested in applying, please email the HL advisor, Dr. Romero Huffstead (romero.huffstead@emory.edu) and provide the best email address at which you can be reached. Dr. Huffstead will ensure that the application is emailed to you once it is available.

How do I submit my application?

Instructions regarding how to submit the application are provided on the application itself.

How often do you train potential new HL volunteers?

Training for the HL only occurs during the spring semester.

Can I apply for the HL if I know I will be studying abroad in the spring semester?

What if I have a schedule conflict with the training during the spring semester? Unfortunately, due to the nature of the training, students who will be studying abroad or who have a regular schedule conflict--even if the conflict is only for a portion of the training time every week--are not eligible for the HL.

Can I apply to be on the HL if I am currently a senior?

No. Unfortunately, since potential new Helpline volunteers do not officially receive invitations to join the HL until the end of the spring training, current seniors are not eligible to apply.

What if I have other questions?

Please email the Helpline advisor, Dr. Romero Huffstead, at romero.huffstead@emory.edu or reach him by telephone at (404) 727-7450.

Contact and Hours of Operation

Address: 1462 Clifton Road, Suite 235, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 727-7450
Fax: (404) 727-2906
Crisis/Walk-in Hours: 8:30-3:30, Monday-Friday
Hours of Operation: 8:30-5:00, Monday-Friday

PLEASE NOTE: If Emory University is closed due to weather or other emergency, then CAPS is also closed. In such circumstances, students will be contacted to reschedule appointments once the university reopens.