The following list of mental health resources are free and open to all HSC students. For more information for those seeking treatment provided by our licensed counselors, please visit our counseling services page.
Meet us every Thursday at 5:30 pm in KAM B21/23. Eric Cohen will provide 8 yoga mats. These mats are first come first serve, so please feel free to bring your own. You do not need to sign up for these free classes. Feel free to drop by any time!
Mindfulness and Meditation
Eric Cohen Mindfulness Groups
Mondays from 3pm-4pm- Alahambra campus *in development, time subject to change*
Tuesdays from noon-1pm
Wednesdays from noon-1pm
The mindfulness group will discuss what is mindfulness, how to practice mindfulness, and the value of the practice. Each session will include an experiential component wherein students will engage in practicing: mindfulness of breathing, mindfulness of emotions, mindfulness of thinking, and body scans over the course of six weeks. Please call (323) 442-5631 to enroll in the group sessions; a commitment to the weekly sessions is required for participation.
Mindful USC Practice Group
Practice groups are drop-in (no registration) weekly group meetings for faculty, staff, and students. You can drop in for all or part of each session. Typically, a brief introduction to basic mindfulness practice starts each session.
The HSC Practice Group meets the following Mondays from 5:30-7pm:
Monday, 1/8th – NML West Conf. Room
Monday, 2/5th – NML – West Conference Room
Monday, 3/5th – NML – West Conference Room
Monday, 4/2nd – NML – West Conference Room
Contact for info: Jason.Gorenstein@med.usc.edu
Calm is a meditation and mindfulness app intended to help users reduce stress in their daily lives. With daily meditations, sleep stories and relaxing music, Calm aims to improve students’ focus and mindfulness. Access premium content on this app by signing up with your USC email.
Mindful USC App
Mindful USC now has an app! This free mobile app includes guided meditations that help students manage difficult emotions, gain resilience, and much more. You can even “Check-In” to get meditations tailored to your current mind and heart. You can also find practice groups and sign up for Mindful USC classes when they are open for registration.
Additional Media Links and Files
If you’re unable to visit a provider or join a practice group, we encourage you to explore the plentiful free resources on the web. Click here for a list of free, downloadable audio files. Some of these exercises and techniques are less than 5 minutes. Take a moment to learn about these techniques and incorporate them in to your weekly or even daily routines.
The Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, part of the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, offers a Lifestyle Redesign program that provides care for pain management, life coaching and much more! Students can get a referral to the Lifestyle Redesign program at the Eric Cohen Student Health Center. Registered students at HSC do not need pay to receive that referral. Please visit the Lifestyle Redesign website for more information.
Mental Health Crises
Trojans Care for Trojans
Concerned about another student? Sometimes there are situations where students notice that a peer seems to be having emotional difficulties. Any time you have a concern about another student, you can report it anonymously. The idea here is that we all take care of each other. Sometimes if another student is struggling they may have a hard time asking for help, and if you see something, we want you to say something so we can provide that student with extra support. You can make a report here.
Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention
USC wants to better prepare for – and try to prevent – any future tragedies, by promoting a more mindful, compassionate, and healthy campus. The Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention will address bias reporting, provide crisis support, and oversee the campus support and advocacy team. Dr. Varun Soni, the Dean of Religious Life and co-chair of Mindful USC, is leading this new office. This office is still in development; more information will be provided accordingly.
Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP)
The Eric Cohen Student Health Center works with the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP) program located at the Engemann Student Health Center, Suite 356. RSVP provides immediate therapy services for situations related to gender and power-based harm (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking). In case of an emergency or if you need immediate assistance, please call (213) 740-4900 (after hours, press zero “0” to speak to an on-call counselor). RSVP on-call counselors aid in discussing medical options, reporting options and provide crisis support and advocacy. For more information on RSVP, please click here.
For immediate medical support after an assault, you can visit Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center or the LAC+USC Violence Intervention Program. Please note that a RSVP counselor can accompany you, and it is recommended you speak with a confidential counselor at RSVP to guide you through this process. Please call 213-740-4900.
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center (24/7)
1250 Sixteenth Street
Santa Monica, California 90404
LAC+USC Violence Intervention Program
2010 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Additional services, including a hotline and counseling services, are available at the East Los Angeles Women’s Center.
East Los Angeles Women’s Center at LAC+USC Wellness Center
1200 N. State Street
Los Angeles CA 90033
24/7 Crisis Hotline: (800) 585-6231