Student Health Services Weekly : Suicide prevention, $10 flu shots, Hero Awards, de-stressing and more!

FINAL fall Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Dec. 4

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to become trained Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers with Jennifer Myers, Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services at Student Health Services Counseling & Human Development Center. You will learn the signs and become trained to serve as a “gatekeeper” to mental health services on campus and in the community. Remaining fall training dates:
• Dec. 4, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
In addition to offering training sessions throughout the year, Jennifer can come to your organization or office and conduct training at a time convenient for you. Visit to schedule training.

The flu has arrived! Vaccines now $10 for all students, faculty & staff

The flu vaccine is available at the Thomson Student Health Center’s first floor Allergy/Immunization & Travel Clinic, located behind the Russell House at 1409 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29208, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. No appointment is required. All students, faculty, staff, spouses and retirees are eligible to get the flu vaccine through Student Health Services. Spouses and retirees can receive the vaccine for $22. Students must present a Carolina Card to receive the vaccine. Faculty and staff must have a valid employee USC identification card, and spouses and retirees must have university-issued identification. Details about flu prevention is at

Tell us who your Hero is!

Do you know a University of South Carolina student, faculty or staff member who has stood up to help a campus community member in a manner that had a significant impact on that person’s life? Nominate them for a Hero Award. The annual Hero Awards recognize accountable bystanders—community members who stand up, take action and make a difference in the life of another. They are true heroes. Hero Award recipients have helped friends, classmates, coworkers and even complete strangers through a variety of actions and deeds, large and small. They gave someone a ride, called for help, intervened in an unsafe situation, or referred someone to much needed resources. Our heroes pay attention to what is going on around them and the needs of others and stand up for them. Nominations are accepted for Hero Awards year-round, but must be submitted by March 1, 2013 for recognition in the Hero Awards Ceremony, which will take place March 27, 2013 at 9 a.m. in Russell House ballroom 207 B/C. The Hero Awards support Stand Up Carolina, the University of South Carolina’s bystander accountability initiative offered through Student Health Services Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention. Contact Toni Lawrimore at or 803-777-8248 for more information about the Hero Awards. Nominate Heroes at For information about Stand Up Carolina, visit

True Strength, men’s group to prevent sexual assault, recruiting students, faculty and staff

Student Health Services Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention is inviting Carolina men to unite and take action against sexual assault and sexual violence by joining True Strength, a campus-wide initiative including students, faculty and staff.

True Strength members:

• Create an open dialogue about sexual assault and violence through the sharing of personal experiences

• Develop strategies and new ideas to address sexual assault and violence

• Learn to create safer environments for the women and girls they care for

Men can play a major role in preventing interpersonal violence. Join True Strength to start. Call Corey Ingram at 803-777-8248, email, or stop by the Thomson Student Health Center SAVIP first floor office 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Counseling Center’s mindfulness-based stress management group

Student Health Services Counseling & Human Development Center is offering a new, space-limited group, mindfulness-based stress management group for students. Interested students should call CHCD at 803-777-5223 and express interest in this group. After a quick consultation, eligibility is determined. Commitment to attend all sessions is required.

Drop-in relaxation at Counseling Center’s Bean Bag Room

Student Health Services Counseling & Human Development Center is still offering students its popular drop-in relaxation sessions in the Bean Bag Room (Byrnes building, 6th floor) from 3:15 – 4:30 Thursdays. No referral or registration is required. Students may come as often as they like, and no commitment to sessions is required. Call 803-777-5223.

Mental health counselors at USC School of Law Tuesdays for “Let’s Talk” all semester

Students are invited to visit the USC School of Law Library Conference Room to speak privately and one-on-one with a counselor from Student Health Services Counseling & Human Development Center (CHDC). Our counselors will be at the conference room at the school, located at 701 Main St., each Tuesday from 1 – 3 p.m. this fall through Dec. 4 for students to walk in for consultations. No appointment is needed, and there is no charge for the service. CHDC counselors are very knowledgeable about issues experienced by college students, from managing an incredible workload to homesickness, depression, body image, sexual identity concerns and more. All students from all colleges-not just law students-are welcome. This outreach, called “Let’s Talk,” is part of CHDC’s Community Based Services. For more information, call 803-777-5223. Learn about all CHDC’s services at


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