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Body and soul: Promote self-care with campus resources

As Stigma Free USC, a week-long Student Government initiative focused on fighting the stigma surrounding mental health, comes to an end, the stigma itself will unfortunately remain. Here are some resources around campus to continue to promote wellness in every sense of the word.

Group X

Sometimes it feels good to get out of bed and move around. Campus Rec offers a variety of fitness classes, both in-person and virtual, to any student who purchases a Group X pass. Classes range from barre to HIIT to Zumba. 

Yoga and meditation

An arguably less sweaty alternative to Group X, Student Health Services' Healthy Carolina initiative hosts regular mindfulness and meditation sessions on Facebook Live. According to the program's webpage, mindfulness and meditation can help with anxiety, chronic pain and depression, among other health concerns.

Telecounseling and telepsychiatry

As part of tuition, students can receive up to 10 "free" counseling sessions per academic year. The sessions are mostly online during the pandemic, but students can schedule appointments through MyHealthSpace or by calling 803-777-5223.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

This office is really an umbrella for a multitude of different cultural groups on campus, hence the name. Resources include support groups such as BlackSpace for Black students and Queer Connections for first-year LGBTQIA+ students in addition to safe spaces, workshops and diversity training programs. A full list of resources can be found on the office's webpage.

Nutrition appointments

Students can schedule free appointments with registered dietitians by calling 803-777-8283. Initial meetings might involve "gathering a health history, reviewing the food record form, discussing medical nutrition interventions or education, and behavior change guidance," according to the program's webpage.


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