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A Message from Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Cheryl Addy

Dear University of South Carolina Colleagues:

Mental health is a priority on our campus and seeking help for yourself, a colleague or a student in distress is strongly encouraged. While leading a rigorous academic life can often lead to periods of stress, it is important to ask for help if it becomes overwhelming or debilitating. Last week’s tragedy involving one of our graduate students underscores the importance of this issue to our entire campus community, so I wanted to share with you some information provided to us by Student Health Services.  
For a comprehensive summary of available resources, including how to identify warning signs, please visit our mental health resources page. This page includes general information, self-help resources, and access to direct services.  Students, including graduate students, may also call 803-777-5223.   
 
Please note that graduate students have access to all of the university’s mental health resources, including 10 free counseling sessions. Other mental health services are typically covered by student health insurance.  In addition, the Psychology Services Center in the Department of Psychology offers counseling services at low cost.
 
Faculty and staff can call the Employee Assistance Program at 800-633-3353.
 
As fellow Carolinians who espouse the Carolinian Creed, join me in an ongoing effort to “demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development.”  Or to quote President Pastides, “Helping a fellow Gamecock is always the right thing to do.”
 
Thank you for your attention to this issue, 
 
Cheryl L. Addy, PhD
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
University of South Carolina
Osborne Administration Building, Suite 102
Columbia, SC 29208
caddy@mailbox.sc.edu | 803-777-2808 | www.sc.edu
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