It’s On Us Campaign!! October 24-26

The “It’s On Us” campaign was launched in 2014 by the White House in an effort to prevent sexual assault on college campuses by asking students to change their own attitudes and practice bystander intervention. Bystander Intervention refers to noticing when a sexual assault is about to occur and stepping in to stop it.

Please join us the week of October 24-26 for the following events:

  • Tuesday, Oct 24: Commit to Consent Rally at the RU Rotunda from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Your understanding of consent may be different from your neighbor’s. This event is focused on educating you and your fellow students on the actual definition of consent.
  • Wednesday, Oct 25: Guest Speaker, Don McPherson in the RU Ballroom at 7 p.m. McPherson is a former NFL player and College Football Hall of Famer. He describes himself as an activist, educator and feminist who uses the power and appeal of sport to address complex social justice issues.
  • Thursday, Oct 26: Day for Survivors @ the RU Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program is focused on advocating for sexual assault survivors, marketing sexual assault prevention resources as well as providing a space for survivors to reclaim and tell their stories.

Join Georgia Southern University in support of National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept 10-16)

GSU Counseling Center Response to Charlottesville

The Georgia Southern University Counseling Center stands with and supports all students who are affected by recent and ongoing political and societal events.  We reject all forms of discrimination based on race, gender identity and expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, genetic information, or veteran status.  You are all valuable and integral to our GSU community and we want you to feel safe, secure, and welcome here.  If you are struggling with the personal impact of discrimination or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats, or other forms of oppression, we encourage you to reach out for emotional support.

Given recent events, it is understandable for students, especially those who identify as a minority, to be experiencing a range of complex emotions, including fear, anger, confusion, and sadness, that may make it difficult to focus on the demands of everyday life.  The GSU Counseling Center is here to help.  We offer a range of free clinical services to full-time students, such as individual counseling, emergency screening hours, and weekly workshops open to all students (not just clients of the counseling center).

Here are some general suggestions for coping during this time:

  • Acknowledge your feelings and emotional needs
  • Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Remember, we have to take care of ourselves first so we can then better take care of our community
  • Check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels.
  • Focus on tasks and events that are in your control and recognize those events that are outside of your control.
  • Connect with friends, family, a community, student organizations or a safe space to ground and support you
  • Focus on the present moment and attempt to minimize over-thinking about the future.
  • Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day.
  • Monitor your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits.
  • Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus.
  • Utilize self-care apps such as Stop, Breath, and Think; Headspace; Virtual Hope Box

Other Helpful links:

Current Counseling Center Groups and Workshops for Fall 2017!

Fall 2017 Groups and Workshops!!

Welcome back students! Fall Semester 2017 helpful roommate tips

Helpful Roommate Tips from the New York Times