Student Health Services Update

Mindful Mondays

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 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 April 15 from 12:15 – 1 p.m. Marguerite O’Brien, Student Health Services Campus Wellness Director, facilitates. Call 803-576-9393 for more information.

Know How to Help Sexual Assault Response Conference

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the University of South Carolina will host Know How to Help, a free, day-long conference offering members of the campus community training to respond effectively to sexual assault, sexual harassment, violence and discrimination.

Know How to Help will offer educational opportunities and continuing educations units for law enforcement, safety and security personnel, medical and emotional health providers, human resources personnel, counselors, resident mentors, ministerial staff, managers, advisors and anyone who serves as a liaison within the university community. The conference is open to all students, faculty and staff at USC. Know How to Help is offered by USC’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Multidisciplinary Committee (SARV), in conjunction with Student Health Services Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention.

Register online at through April 18, 2013.

Become a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper

Join the USC community in creating an atmosphere of caring and responsiveness by becoming a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper this spring. Why get trained? You are more likely to interact with a student in emotional distress or experiencing a suicidal crisis than a student in cardiac arrest or choking. Suicide is the most preventable form of death, yet suicide is a leading cause of death in the college student population. This is your opportunity to learn to intervene and:

Training is provided by Jennifer Myers, Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services, Counseling & Human Development Center, and is offered April 18.

Visit to register for any of the above sessions or schedule your own personalized session for your office residence hall or organization. All students, faculty and staff are invited.

For new and expecting parents: Immunizations Learn at Lunch April 24

Through its Lactation Support Program, Healthy Carolina offers new and expecting moms, spouses and partners access to free resources for healthy babies and families. Through the Learn at Lunch program, Healthy Carolina is offering Addressing Challenges to Immunization, Wednesday, April 24, noon – 1 p.m. in McBryde F in the Healthy Carolina office. For more information, call 803-777-1650 or email

Keep Calm 

Stress affects us mentally, physically and emotionally—and can seriously undermine academic performance! This is why Campus Wellness has launched Keep Calm, a new program that brings stress management services to students at times and locations convenient to them.

For more information about Keep Calm, visit

Changing Carolina Peer Leaders 5K April 27

Student Health Services Campus Wellness and the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders are inviting all students, faculty and staff to run, jog or walk its annual spring 5K Saturday, April 27—rain or shine. All pre-registered participants will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Presentation of prizes and the raffle will begin after all participants have crossed the finish line.  The Changing Carolina 5K is free to the first 300 students, faculty and staff to register.  Registration is open at until 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. Contact Michael Crowley at for more information.

On-campus AA Meetings

The Student Health Services Collegiate Recovery Community is offering Alcoholics Anonymous meetings Mondays and Wednesdays year-round on campus beginning. Monday meetings take place 8 – 9 p.m., and Wednesday meetings take place from noon – 1 p.m. Both take place in the Byrnes Building in room 705. Meetings have an open format and are open to all students, faculty, staff and community members. For more information, call 803-777-5223.

Destress with FREE drop-in Guided Relaxation class every Thursday

The Counseling & Human Development Center is offering a free, drop-in guided relaxation workshop every Thursday to help students manage stress. Students will learn teaches techniques of relaxation and self-suggestion to improve stress management, improve concentration and memory, overcome worries and fears, increase self-confidence and develop a more positive outlook on life. No registration is required, just drop for this workshop offered every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Byrnes Building room 617. Call 803-777-5223 for more information.

Let’s Talk: Mental health counselors available throughout campus all semester

Staff from the Counseling & Human Development Center are working “outside the building” and are available for students to speak one-on-one with in a variety of locations around the USC campus each semester. This service, called “Let’s Talk,” exists to help students find solutions to their concerns and get information about available resources.

For more information call (803)777-5223, or visit

Sign up for on-campus, fresh, local food delivery!

Healthy Carolina is pleased to offer new, healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff and students: On-Campus Produce Delivery. Produce Delivery that will bring fresh produce right to USC’s Columbia campus. It’s a convenient way for the USC community to purchase locally grown food and to eat healthier. Visit to learn more and sign up.



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