University of South Carolina

Counseling and Psychiatry

Counseling services
Close/Hipp Building, fifth floor
1705 College St. Columbia, SC 29201
Appointments: 803-777-5223

Psychiatric services
Thomson Student Health Center, third floor
1409 Devine St. Columbia, SC 29208
Appointments: 803-777-1833

Counseling & Psychiatry provides students a safe place to speak privately and confidentially with a trained counselor or psychiatrist about a variety of concerns. These may include stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, eating concerns, substance use, sexuality, managing an existing mental health condition or any other issue. Full time students have access to 10 counseling sessions at no extra cost per academic year.

National Resources

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

National Mental Health Advocacy

Active Minds National Website
Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.

National Council for Suicide Prevention
Designed to be a catalyst for social change with the power to transform attitudes, policies, and services. It is the strategy of the American people for improving their health and well-being through the prevention of suicide.

APA’s College Mental Health
The American Psychiatric Association’s physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.

Half of Us
Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.

Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training will:

•  Teach you the warning signs of a suicidal person and early signs of depression
•  Assist you in gaining confidence in how to respond
•  Educate you about the resources available at the University of South Carolina

You are not expected to be a mental health professional. This is the why we use the word “gatekeeper”. You are invaluable to assisting a struggling person in getting the help they need. You serve as “gatekeepers” to mental health services.


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