Resources for Families 

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Adjusting to university life often involves many changes and stressors. Students often appreciate your support and acknowledgement of their successes.

Consider the following suggestions:

1. Observe for Potential Signs of Concern
  • loss of interest or energy
  • sudden drop in grades
  • missed assignments
  • unusual behavior
  • aggressiveness or irritability
  • emotional outbursts or crying
  • excessive weight gain or loss
  • lack of personal hygiene.
2. Communicate
  • Make time to talk.
  • Be patient and give your undivided attention.
  • Let them talk with minimal interruption.
3. Avoid Being Judgmental
  • Mention that you have noticed changes in him/her, and that you want to help.
  • Validate their concerns rather than focusing on solutions.
4. Give Plenty of Reassurance
  • Your child may have lost the ability to recognize their positive attributes.
  • You can reaffirm; for example "You are a sensitive person who cares for others."
5. Offer to Help
  • Inquire about how you may help.
  • Don't be offended if the reply is "Leave me alone".
6. Talk About What They Find Helpful
  • Make conversations about mental health difficulties easy and open.
  • Asking about what helps when things are tough.
  • Encourage your child to seek resources available at the university.
  • Encourage him or her to contact the service directly to arrange an appointment.


Mental Health Videos

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USC's Mental Health Awareness Message

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