USC Student Health is recognizing World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10 by spotlighting a number of resources below to provide a “better-informed safety net for our students, and each other.”
The resources include:
- The Jed Foundation’s “Seize the Awkward” campaign helps college students recognize when a friend might need help, and how to respond. A new public service announcement produced by Annenberg students and featuring Trojan Football student-athlete, Caleb Williams, is set to launch this week.
- The self-paced online module “Mental Well-being for Students,” developed in partnership with the Jed Foundation, is available in Trojan Learn (trojanlearn.usc.edu) for all students, and can provide an overview of typical experiences, questions, and tools for self-understanding and resilience.
- The 24/7 phone line for USC Student Health, 213-740-9355 (WELL), can connect students to a counselor after hours or on weekends, even when the health centers are closed.
- Counseling and Mental Health Services of USC Student Health has launched a new website to guide students through available services.
- This summer, the National Suicide Prevention Line launched a three-digit emergency number: 988, that connects callers to network crisis centers across the U.S. Students who prefer to use texting to connect for help can text “TROJAN” to 741741 to connect to a trained volunteer in the Crisis Text Line. These national services are available 24/7.
- The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is implementing a first-ever screening project for all new incoming students, the My Mental Health Assessment, which invites cohorts of USC students to take an assessment for conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance use disorder and suicidality. This tool will help connect students who have higher acuity to clinical services that can help them.
- For faculty and student support professionals, Counseling and Mental Health Services in USC Student Health has developed updates and resources for the 2022-2023 academic year. The USC Gold Folder can prove to be an especially useful quick sheet for faculty and staff; and the USC Workwell Center is an excellent resource for faculty and staff well-being.
- Each member of the USC community is also reminded that “Trojans Care for Trojans” (TC4T) can be used to find help connecting to resource offices if you are concerned for a student, faculty member, or staff employee and their well-being.
Let’s all remember to look out for each other!