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Mental and Emotional Help

Mental & Emotional Help

Not Okay?Not Okay?

If you’re feeling stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, or just unhappy and you’d like to talk to someone, Student Counseling Services has free appointments for students. In addition to one-on-one counseling, they can connect you with Crisis Support and other on- and off-campus resources that can help. 
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Moffitt Health CenterWant to Talk to a Doctor or Nurse?

Student Health Services at Moffitt Health Center—located in Scott Hall on the Hattiesburg campus—offers comprehensive health care to students. You can also tell your doctor or nurse about any mental or emotional problems you're having, and they can help you find the best place to go for support.

Visit Moffitt

Suicide PreventionNeed Crisis Support?

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, are experiencing severe mental health symptoms, or
believe you are losing touch with reality, call 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is free, confidential, and available 24/7 to students on the Hattiesburg campus. 

If you are not currently on the Hattiesburg campus (i.e. off campus, out of state or on the Gulf Park campus), please dial 911 to be connected with local support persons who can help.

Learn more about 988

2-1-1Need Help Close to Home?

Dial 2-1-1 for information on vital local services. 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  2-1-1 is multilingual and staffed by Navigators ready to help you find the connections you need, including mental health treatment and support, anger management, substance abuse, crisis intervention and more.
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Domestic Violence

Are You Unsafe at Home?

If you are experiencing domestic violence or threats of violence, The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention has a 24-hour help line (601.264.7777). They provide an emergency shelter, rape crisis response in hospitals, court advocacy, housing assistance, support groups, and childrens' programs.

The Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, a United Way agency, provides a crisis line, temporary emergency shelter, counseling, childcare, victim advocacy, and education groups for batterers.

If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
Visit the Shafer Center

Visit the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter

CARESWorried About Another Student?

If you’re worried about the mental/emotional wellbeing of one of your classmates, let us know. The Southern Miss CARES team will reach out to them and make sure they’re okay and have access to the resources they need. 
Reach out to the CARES team

Sexual HarassmentHave You Experienced Sexual Harassment or Assault?

You have a right to an education free from harassment and violence based on your gender, identity, or sexual orientation. The Southern Miss Title IX Office is here to listen, to help you with next steps, and to refer you to any resources you need.Contact the Title IX Office 

EE)Have You Been the Victim of Discrimination?

The University of Southern Mississippi prohibits discrimination based on age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, religion, race, color, national origin, and/or veteran status. You can report violations at the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity, McLemore Hall 310.
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LGTBQ+LGTBQIA+ and Need to Talk? 

You deserve a welcoming, loving world. And so do the people you care about. Visit the Prism Center in HUB 103 to learn about the resources available at Southern Miss, or reach out to a Trevor Project counselor if you’re struggling or need information to help someone else. 

(Note: If you prefer to be addressed by a different name than the one officially listed in your SOAR account, visit Legal and Preferred Names to learn how to have your name changed.) 
Visit USM's Prism Office
Visit the Trevor Project

Active MindsWant to Get Involved?

Active Minds is the premier organization impacting young adults and mental health. Now in more than 1,000 campuses and communities, including USM, they directly reach more than 1.9 million people each year through awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more. Learn about Active Minds or contact USM's Office of Leadership and Student Involvement to find out about Active Mind’s USM activities and other campus organizations that have missions around mental health.

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Mental Healthcare ResourcesNot Sure Where to Go for Help?

Looking for services for a loved one? Need an evaluation or marriage therapy? Looking for a mental healthcare provider that accepts your insurance? On-campus and off-campus resources are available.

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For emergency assistance, dial 9-1-1. Or view local emergency contacts for police, fire, hospitals, and mental health crises.

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