Student Health Services Update- July 22

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training: July 23rd, 2013

Did you know you’re 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 it is a leading cause for students. Eight out of 10 people considering suicide give some sign of their intentions. This is your opportunity to learn to intervene!

You don’t have to be a mental health professional to intervene. When you go through Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training with Jennifer Myers, coordinator of suicide prevention services, you will become trained to serve as a “gatekeeper” to mental health services on campus and in the community. As a member of our campus community, you can play a vital role in assisting a struggling person get the help they need.

When you become a Gatekeeper, you:

• Enhance your awareness, knowledge and skills concerning college student suicide
• Learn the signs to identify students at risk and how to connect a student with the appropriate service
• Improve your skills and gain confidence in your ability to intervene
• Become informed about mental health resources on campus

The final Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training will take place in the Green Quad Learning Center Room 102 on July 23rd from 1:00 pm- 3:30pm . Visit www.sa.sc.edu/shs/chdc/training/ to register.

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USC faculty and staff have diverse needs that are different from those of students. Campus Wellness offers a variety of programs and services, from fitness to stress-management, to help meet those needs. Learn more about what Campus Wellness has to offer by signing up for our weekly newsletter. The newsletter is the single best way to get information about all the services and programs Campus Wellness offers faculty and staff. Visit www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/staff/ to sign up.

Transfer your Prescriptions!

The pharmacy can fill prescriptions written by doctors outside of the health center, in or out of state. Bring in the original prescription, or have your physician telephone or fax your prescription to us and pick up it up right here on campus. Call the pharmacy at 803-777-4890 or visit http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/pharmacy/ for more information.

Preventative Screenings for Faculty and Staff!

Campus Wellness offers drop-in health screening services to students, faculty and staff during regular business hours. Services include blood pressure screenings, body fat percentage analysis, and measurements of weight, height and body mass index. Most services are FREE for students, faculty and staff and take only a few minutes to complete! Visit http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/staff/screening/ for more information.

Mindful Monday: August 5th, 2013

All students, faculty and staff are invited to drop-in for a mindful meditation practice on Monday August 5th. The meditation will be held in room 309 of the Russell House from 12:15-1pm. These sessions provide an opportunity to improve your focus and attention and become more centered and grounded in your daily routine. If you’re interested in practicing or continuing to develop inner health or well-being, this meditation is for you! No registration is required. Visit http://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cw/meditation/ for more information.

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