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Emergency Contacts and Local Resources

University Emergency (843) 208-8911
Department of Public Safety (843) 208-8912
University Counselor (Weekdays 8:30 am – 5pm) (843) 208-8375
University Housing (Weekdays 8:30 am – 5pm) (843) 208-8722
Coastal Carolina Hospital - Local (843) 784-8000
Beaufort Memorial Hospital - Local (843) 522-5269
Hilton Head Regional Hospital - Local (843) 681-6122
Community Crisis Response & Intervention 24/7 - Local (833) 364-2274
Hopeful Horizons – (DV/Sexual Assault) - Local (843) 770-1070
National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 988
National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-HOPE

New at USCB Counseling. Offering free therapy sessions and additional mental health support for USCB students. 24/7 support line and free counseling sessions. Access to counselors 24/7 no matter where you are including off campus. Speak with counselors via telehealth or face to face visits. Wellness Hub: Visit for articles, videos and resources on mental health & wellness. This is an easy access point to learn about all the resources available to you. Call 833-434-1217, visit or scan the QR code.


Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 988

Are you a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed? Text STEVE to 741741

Areyou a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed?

Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained, trained Crisis Counselor will receive the text and respond to you quickly to provide support. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. Learn more.

ULifeline supplements the services provided by college counseling centers. It combines an online screening tool as well as a mental health reference library. You can learn signs and symptoms and get expert advice. You can access the website with the following link:

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You are not alone. No matter how challenging the times, you are not alone in South Carolina. Whatever you're struggling with - family pressures, work, relationship issues, grief, stress or financial concerns - it is easy to get overwhelmed without an idea of where to turn for support. We understand that many people are reluctant to seek help for mental health concerns so we made getting support as easy as . . . click, connect, chat. CLICK . . . Go to to get started. CONNECT . . . Take a questionnaire to receive feedback and support from a program counselor. CHAT . . . Exchange messages and learn about available resources and services. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SC DMH) and the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide PRevention (AFSP) to provide the Interactive Screening Program - a safe and easy service that allows you to anonymously take a Self-Check Questionnaire and connect with a professional counselor in the State of South Carolina who can provide guidance, support, and resources to help connect you with mental health and addiction services. This service is available to all residence of South Carolina 18 years of age or older.

Additional Resources

  • Are you wondering what you are feeling right now? Do you feel wound-up tight, extra emotional, grumpy, overwhelmed, and/or angry. What we are feeling is grief and loss. Take the time to read this excellent article about what we are feeling and learn how to manage the emotions.
  • Check out these 5 Mindfulness Exercises to help you refocus, relax and settle.
  • Take a break from your online classes and try this Grounding with Your 5 Senses exercise.
  • Adjusting your Study Habits for Online Learning - Check out this great resource to help you adjust your learning and study habits to fit online learning.

Drug and Alcohol Resources

How to talk to Someone in Emotional Distress

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Show you care, connect on a feeling level, listen

  • “I’m concerned about you and noticed you haven’t been sleeping, eating, going to class, etc.”
  • “How are you feeling?”
  • Reflect back their feelings and paraphrase: “What I hear you saying is that you are in a great deal of pain and feel hopeless.”
  • “I’m glad you called.”
  • Listen with respect. Individuals in distress want understanding and care.

Ask about suicide directly

  • “Sometimes when people feel sad, they have thoughts of killing themselves. Have you had such thoughts?”
  • “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”
  • “Have you considered suicide?” “How would you go about it?” “When would you do that?”
  • Remember, asking about suicide does NOT put the idea in people’s minds.

Get help. Explore options. Offer resources.

  • “What would help now?” ”Who can, who usually helps?” “How can I help?”
  • Get assistance. Avoid trying to be the only lifeline for this person. Seek out resources even if it means breaking a confidence.
  • “How would you feel about seeing the Campus counselor? Let’s call right now. I’ll walk over with you to see the counselor.”

Faculty & Staff Training for Supporting Students Mental Health

  • Support Zone Training - There has been an increase in students experiencing mental health distress in college and oftentimes, faculty are the first to observe these behaviors. The Mental Health and Well-being Competency Certificate program is an initiative from Student Health and Well-Being with the goal of the helping faculty members feel better equipped to respond to the growing mental health needs of students.

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  • Safe Zone Training - A program that builds safe space across campus by visibly identifying students, staff and faculty who support the LGBTQ+ population. The program also offers educational and ongoing engagement opportunities for USC community members to explore and understand issues related to the LGBTQ+ community.

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