Student Health Services Updates for Dec. 17

It’s not too early to sign up for these spring programs!

Mindful Meditation Stress Management for Students:
Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (students, faculty, staff):
Women’s Self Defense Class (students, faculty, staff):

Final Campus Wellness Fall Mindful Monday Dec. 17

Want to improve your focus and attention, lower your blood pressure or simply learn how to become a more centered, grounded person? You’re invited to Mindful Mondays—free, on-campus sessions open to all students, faculty and staff, offered throughout the semester. All sessions begin with a short introduction to the day’s practice and time to connect as a community. No special equipment or attire is required. Bring your own mat, blanket, sitting cushion or props to support your practice. No registration is required. Simply come to the McBryde F building behind the Thomas Cooper Library and look for the Healthy Carolina conference room. Dec. 17, from 12:15 – 1 p.m. Marguerite O’Brien, Student Health Services Campus Wellness Director, facilitates. Call 803-576-9393 for more information.

Counseling Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Management for students now enrolling for spring sessions

The Counseling & Human Development Center is now enrolling students into two seven-week mindful meditation stress management groups offered this spring semester. The program uses meditation, mindful movement and other experiential activities and practices to help students cultivate individual awareness and reduce feelings of stress and feeling overwhelmed. These methods are based on ancient practices that focus on feeling fully alive, vibrant and being present in the richness of the moments of our lives.

Participants in mindfulness groups report:

· Increased ability to relax and cope with stressful situations
· Improved self-esteem and confidence
· Greater enjoyment of and enthusiasm for life
· Ability to create personal space and time for health and healing
· Improved mental health including less frustration, anxiety, stress, anger and feelings of sadness and loneliness
· Improved physical health including fewer headaches, less fatigue and bodily pain and reduction in high blood pressure, illnesses and sleep disturbances
· A sense of personal growth and development

Spring sessions will meet Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The first session is offered Jan. 30 – March 6. The second will take place March 20 – April 24.

Interested students should call 803-777-5223 and express interest in this group. After a quick consultation, eligibility will be determined. Commitment to attend all sessions is required. Full details are at

2nd Annual Stalking Awareness Month Safety Fair Jan. 30

Personal safety involves a lot more than looking over your shoulder. In today’s world, it includes securing your personal information, staying on top of technology, and knowing where to turn if things go wrong or you suspect your information has been compromised. Learn how to best protect yourself this January at the Stalking Awareness Month Safety Fair. You’ll meet with security and safety pros from a variety of industries and organizations that will teach you how to best protect yourself from stalkers, identity theft and more. Guests include banks, cell phone providers, on- and off-campus groups and more who will discuss the specifics of personal safety in their areas of expertise and how it relates directly to you. This Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention event takes place Jan. 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Greene St. in front of the Russell House. (Rain date: Jan. 31) Light refreshments, resource information and giveaways will be available. DJ CDI will provide music. For more information call 803-777-8248. This event supports Stand Up Carolina, a campus-wide initiative to foster bystander accountability and prevent interpersonal violence. Visit to get involved.

Flu 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 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. No appointment is required. All students, faculty and staff are eligible to get the flu. Students must present a Carolina Card to receive the vaccine. Faculty and staff must have a valid employee USC identification card. Details about flu prevention are at

Who is your Hero?

Do you know a USC 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. 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. 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. The Hero Awards support Stand Up Carolina, USC’s bystander accountability initiative offered through Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention. Contact Toni Lawrimore at or 803-777-8248 for more information. 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.


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