Community Consultation and Intervention (CCI)

Concerned about a Carolina Student? Call us, we can help.

Who?

If you are concerned about a USC student and not sure what to do, call Counseling & Psychiatry at 803-777-5223 for assistance.

We can provide consultation to USC Community Members, including faculty, staff, students, family members and friends.

Faculty & Staff Additional Resources:
Visit https://www.sa.sc.edu/shs/cp/mentalhealth/staff/

What?

Consultation:
We can provide consultation to USC Community Members, including faculty, staff, students, family members and friends.

  • Guidance on how to talk with a student who appears to be struggling.
  • Information about how to understand, provide assistance, or get help for a student of concern 
  • Strategies for helping a student connect with the Counseling Center or other support services

Through these consultations, we are often able to work with USC Community partners to find ways to streamline and strengthen campus systems for identifying and assisting students in distress.

Intervention:
We can provide intervention with USC students.

  • Meeting with the concerned Community Member and the student of concern together to provide support, problem solving, advocacy, and guidance on the situation
  • Behind the scenes case management and advoca

Why?

Understanding Mental Health Concerns:
According to the 2015 National College Health Assessment of University of South Carolina students, students surveyed reported stress, anxiety, sleep difficulties and depression are among the top five impediments to their academic success. While most students face life stressors with no significant problems, a small but significant portion of students may experience mental health issues as a result of stress. For these students, stress may be more likely to interfere with personal, academic and career goals. For some, stress may even result in thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Warning Signs others should be aware of:
Students experiencing stress or a sense of being overwhelmed may exhibit their problems in a variety of ways. While there is no “template” for identifying a concerning student, the following are some warning signs that may indicate distress or a significant emotional concern:

  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and society
  • Inconsistencies with previous work; increase in poorly prepared work
  • Infrequent class attendance
  • Marked changes in personal hygiene
  • Excessive weight gain or loss
  • Comments that suggest thoughts about hopelessness or harming oneself

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