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University Counseling Center promotes mental health among students, faculty and staff through support groups, events and year-round counseling services.Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:15:12 PM CDT
Southeastern's University Counseling Center supports the mental health of students, faculty and staff through a variety of programs and services. The center works to create awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced on college campuses and to provide a safe place for the university community to receive mental health support.
New this semester, the center is offering student support groups that will meet weekly with professional counselors in a casual setting. The groups include an Eating Disorder Support Group, Depression Support Group and Suicide Survivors Support Group. Students can join the support groups by contacting the center at 985-549-3894.
The University Counseling Center also hosts events each semester to raise awareness about mental health issues. Earlier this month, the center hosted a suicide awareness day where students were able to voice their experiences with suicide by writing on a paper "brick" and posting it to a temporary "brick wall" in the Student Union to demonstrate how the issue has affected the university.
Similar events – such as a stress-relief activity during finals week – will be scheduled in the future, said Dr. Barbara Hebert, director of the University Counseling Center.
In addition to support groups and events, the center provides free counseling services to students, faculty and staff throughout the year. Professional counselors are available to discuss a variety of issues during confidential appointments. Issues commonly affecting college students include roommate problems, test anxiety and more.
Southeastern students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the University Counseling Center at 985-549-3894 or stop by 912 N. Oak St. to join a support group or schedule a counseling appointment.