Campus Mental Health Resources

August 31, 2021

Dear Carolina Community,

The issue of mental health is one that greatly impacts college campuses across America, and the University of South Carolina is no exception. Our university family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students by apparent suicide over the weekend. This loss reverberates throughout our campus community, and we know their family and friends will be hurting and struggling in the times ahead. We have spoken to the family and shared our deep condolences. 

Mental health is always a priority on our campus, and we continue to add staff and resources so counseling needs can be met. 

Please take advantage of the resources we have in place if you need support. You can reach out to one of our trained professionals, through the in-person or online mental health services that best meet your needs. Students can call 803-777-5223 for free, 24-hour access to a counselor. Faculty and staff can call the Employee Assistance Program at 800-633-3353 for free help 24 hours a day. 

To reach a 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline, please call 1-800-273-8255. 

You can learn more about how to improve your own well-being or support your friends and fellow students at sc.edu/mentalhealth, where you will find information about campus, local or national resources and how to report a concern. You can also report a concern about someone you know by calling 803-777-5223 and asking for a community consultation. 

We are all facing unique challenges in our lives, and we all need help sometimes. Every one of us needs to periodically reflect on our own mental well-being. Please be receptive to offers for help and take full advantage of university resources if you or someone you care about needs support.

Harris Pastides
Interim President