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Mental Health

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  • Fast Stats

    62 percent of all Clemson students reported that in the past 12 months, depression, stress and/or anxiety were factors that negatively affected their individual academic performance (NCHA, 2012).

    Even though many college students experience stress, depression and anxiety, college students also utilize campus mental health services.

    In a 2012 NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) national survey report on mental health of college students, they found that 55 percent of students accessed mental health services and support from on campus resources.

    Because many students turn to campus resources for mental health care, it is important for you to know that Clemson University has one of the best student health centers in the country! Redfern Health Center is one of only 17 student health centers in the U.S. that is accredited by the Joint Commission. Redfern offers counseling and psychological services to students who have paid the health fee at the beginning of the semester with tuition as well as comprehensive health services and support groups for all your health needs. Go check out Redfern's website to see all of the awesome resources they offer students!

  • Depression

    Signs of depression are listed below: 

    -Persistently sad, anxious, irritable or empty mood

    -Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities

    -Withdrawal from friends and family

    -Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

    -Fatigue and decreased energy

    -Significant change in appetite and/or weight

    -Overreaction to criticisms

    -Feeling unable to meet expectations

    -Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

    -Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt

    -Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems or chronic pain that

    do not respond to routine treatment

    -Substance abuse problems

    -Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

    The information above is from ULifeline.  For more information on depression, visit http://www.ulifeline.org/topics/128-depression.

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening
    File a CARE Report

  • Eating Disorders

    It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between an eating disorder and typical weight concerns or dieting. It doesn’t help that people with eating disorders often try to hide their behavior.

    Signs of eating disorders are listed below:

    -Drastic weight change

    -Worried about body image

    -Mood changes or irritability

    -Abnormal or secretive eating disorders

    -Exercising more than is good for one’s health

    -Perfectionism

    The information above is from ULifeline.  For more information on eating disorders, visit http://www.ulifeline.org/topics/131-eating-disorders.

    Where to Get Help on Campus:  Eating Disorder Services at Redfern Health Center

    Effective treatment for clients who have eating disorders involves a multidisciplinary approach where professionals from many health-related disciplines meet regularly with these clients. The treatment team at Redfern Health Center includes medical doctors, psychologists, nutritionists and counselors who meet weekly to coordinate the care of all clients who present with eating disorders and consent to medical, psychological and/or nutritional treatment. Services include individual and group psychotherapy, nutritional counseling and regular medical evaluations from professionals who have interest and/or expertise in working with eating disorders.

    The information above is from CAPS.  For more information on eating disorder services at Redfern, visit clemson.edu/redfern/mental-health/programs. 

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening  
    File a CARE Report
  • Stress

    Stress usually shows up as an emotional or psychological state of tension, but it’s common to also physically “feel” stressed out because of the physiological and hormonal changes caused by stress. Here are some symptoms that indicate a high level of stress:

    -Changes in sleep patterns

    -Changes in eating patterns

    -Increased frequency of headaches

    -Being more irritable than usual

    -Recurring colds and minor illnesses

    -Frequent muscle aches and/or tightness

    -Being more disorganized than usual

    -Increased difficulty in getting things done

    -Greater sense of persistent time pressure

    -Increased frustration and anger

    The information above is from ULifeline.  For more information on stress, visit http://www.ulifeline.org/topics/133-stress. 

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening 
    File a CARE Report

  • Suicide

    If you believe a person is at immediate risk to harm themselves or others, you must contact emergency services and get help.

    More often that not, individuals who are contemplating suicide will give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. All suicide threats, gestures and attempts must be taken seriously. Here are some warning signs that a person may be at risk for suicide:          

    I

    Ideation

    Threatening to hurt or kill self, looking for ways to die

    S

    Substance Abuse

    Increased or excessive substance (alcohol or drug) use

    P

    Purposelessness

    No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life

    A

    Anxiety

    Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

    T

    Trapped

    Feeling trapped - like there's no way out; resistance to help

    H

    Hopelessness

    Hopelessness about the future

    W

    Withdrawal

    Withdrawing from friends, family and society

    A

    Anger

    Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge

    R

    Recklessness

    Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking

    M

    Mood Changes

    Dramatic mood changes

    Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    *An after-hours CAPS counselor is available and can be reached by calling the Clemson University Police Department at 864-656-2222 and asking for the CAPS counselor on call.
    CAPS Online Mental Health Screening
    File a CARE Report
    Emergency Contacts
    Additional Resources

  • QPR

    QPR, or “question, persuade, refer,” allows you to help an individual until expert care arrives. Just like in CPR you are not a heart surgeon, in QPR you are not a counselor but you do have the power and skillset to help an individual say safe.

    Question: Many times we are too worried or scared to ask the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” because we are worried about putting that idea into someone’s mind. If they are suicidal, they have already been thinking about suicide. The most important thing is to just ask. When you do ask, here are some things to remember:

    -Go ahead and ask

    -Ask open-ended questions

    -Be persistent

    -Let the person talk and engage in active listening

    -Make sure you are somewhere private so they can speak freely

    -Be prepared - make sure you have resources (names and numbers) available to use then and there

    Persuade: In this step, remember to

    -listen and give them your full attention,

    -don’t rush to judgment,

    -make sure to offer and emphasize hope in any form and

    -when they are finished speaking, then ask: “Will you go with me to get help?”

    It is important to note that your willingness to listen can rekindle hope and make the difference.

    Refer: On Clemson’s campus, you can refer and go with the person to CAPS, located in Refern Health Center.

    If the individual discussed a plan with you, do not leave them alone. Again, go with them to CAPS and/or call 911.

    For QPR to be effective, remember to also tell the person why you want them to live - I am there for you/on your side. You also want to get others involved, like friends and family, in addition to CAPS. Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support. Offer hope that alternatives are available, but do not offer glib reassurance. Take action. If possible, remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.

  • CARE Network

    While students on Clemson’s campus deal with many challenging situations every day, the CARE Network is designed to track those incidents that are deemed “critical” and/or which may indicate unusual or harmful student behavior or trends. This includes but is not limited to

    -any arrest;

    -any judicial incident;

    -the death of a family member, friend, fellow student or other individual in the student’s life;

    -any unusual, threatening or otherwise troubling behavior by the student directed towards themselves or others;

    -any wellness issue that is of immediate or serious nature including emergency hospitalizations, life-threatening illnesses, alleged assaults, acute injuries, etc.;

    -any critical incident or unusual behavior reported by a member of the University community that may be helpful for tracking and follow up (i.e. excessive absence in classes, excessive sleeping or changing habits, etc.);

    -any unusual, harmful or critical situation that happens to a Clemson University student and is not listed above.

    Filing a CARE Report 

    A Clemson student, faculty, staff or parent can submit a CARE report. You will be asked to provide detailed information regarding the concern you are reporting. Once the form is received, a University professional in the CARE Network will review the information and take appropriate action, which may or may not include contacting the student, you and any witnesses you have identified. You are not required to provide your name when you make a report; however, if you are comfortable providing your name, this information can help CARE Network staff follow up with you about the concern. 

    FILE A CARE REPORT

    For more information, visit the CARE Network.

  • How to Get Help

    When should you use the CARE report, and when should you call 911 and the police for depression/suicidal thoughts?

    -If you think there could be a threat of harm to self or others, please call 911 immediately.

    -If you believe someone you know would benefit from a check-in call from the Dean of Students Office for a non-urgent situation, fill out a CARE report.  For more information about what situations might be appropriate for a CARE report, visit the CARE Network.

    - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is located in Redfern Health Center and is the University's only facility for personal counseling, psychological testing, outreach and consultation. An after-hours CAPS counselor is available and can be reached at 864-656-2222.

    - Redfern Health Center

    - Clemson University Police Department (CUPD): 864-656-2222

    - my.Clemson App

    - Dean of Students

    - Ombudsman:  An ombudsman is an independent, informal, neutral and confidential resource who provides assistance to members of the University community in exploring options to resolve problems, complaints and conflicts when normal processes and procedures have not worked satisfactorily.

    - ULifeline is an online resource for college mental health.

    - Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

    - LGBTQ Task Force

    - Gay Straight Alliance

    - CU Student Veterans Association (CUSVA)

    - Student Disability Services

    Additional Resources

  • Academic Resources

    - Academic Success Center

    - Supplemental Instruction (SI)

    - The Writing Center

    - Research and database help in the Cooper Library

    Go to your instructor’s office hours! They are there to help you; it’s their job, and they will appreciate you putting forth the effort to ensure your own success. They can be some of the best connections you make during your time at Clemson University.

  • CAPS Online Mental Health Screening

    Although not intended to give a definite diagnosis, screening tools for mental health can increase self-understanding and improve wellbeing. Below is a link to an anonymous, online screening for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and alcohol use issues.  

    http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/Clemson

Resources

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