Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness is striving to meet emotional needs constructively, responding resiliently to emotional states and the flow of life events. You deal with a variety of situations realistically, and are learning how your behaviors, thoughts and feelings affect one another and your decisions. You take responsibility for your own behavior and respond to challenges and opportunities. An emotionally well person is self-aware and self-accepting, while continuing to develop as a person. Emotional wellness is the ability to form interdependent relationships based on mutual commitment, honesty and respect.*


  • Express and recognize feelings
  • Control stress
  • Solve problems
  • Manage success and failure
  • Recognize self-worth and personal expectations**

USC Resources for Improving Your Emotional Wellness:
Counseling & Psychiatry Services

Counseling services - third floor
Psychiatric services - fourth floor
Thomson Building (behind the Russell House)
1409 Devine St. Columbia, SC 29208

Fall & spring semester hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Maymester & summer hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For appointments call 803-777-5223.

Walk-in hours, 2 - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, are set aside for emergent and urgent care. However, assessment is available for those needs during all regular office hours.

Substance Abuse Assessment and Therapy
Counseling & Psychiatry usually takes approach to problematic and abusive use of substances that can be treated in an outpatient context. Services offered include one-on-one appointments, workshops and group therapy. Call 803-777-5223.

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention (SAVIP)
Offers support and advocacy services to students who are survivors of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and/or interpersonal violence. Services provided include 24-hour, on-call services to assist students, faculty and staff, academic assistance, medical accompaniment, safety planning, temporary alternative housing and/or permanent relocation, legal advocacy and referral assistance. Call 803-777-8248.  

Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Offers a number of valuable resources to USC employees. Online resources and training on conflict resolution, increasing assertiveness and improve organization skills. Online resources are accessible using the following login information: User ID: USC; Password: USC).

Suicide Prevention Trainings
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 18-24 year olds. On college campuses, many students who are contemplating suicide are not seeking services at the University Counseling center. Instead, these warning signs of a suicidal person are often observed by peers, faculty, staff, and family members. Often, individuals are unaware of these warning signs or do not know how to respond. The suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings help faculty, staff and students learn how to assist a struggling person in getting help.