Gamecock REACH is an anonymous peer-listening service that provides a means of low-level emotional support to students. Its mission is to keep small problems from becoming big ones, encourage students in need to utilize the Counseling Center, identifies students in crisis, destigmatize seeking help for mental and emotional issues, and foster a campus culture of empathy and assistance. The program is the result of combined efforts of USC’s Student Health Services, students, and Student Government to improve the health of the campus community.
Services are offered on a walk-in, first-come first-serve basis on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-8:00pm, and is located in the West Wing of Russell House, in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
If you are a student who is generally functioning well, but sometimes struggles with feeling stressed, lonely, down, or discouraged, Gamecock REACH is right for you. If you feel your symptoms are so difficult you are unable to function or you might be a danger to yourself or others, you should utilize the Counseling Center (803-777-5223). In an emergency, call 803-777-4215 (USC Campus Police).
"I think Gamecock Reach is right for me. What happens when I come in?"
When you come to a peer listening session, you can expect a friendly student trained in mental health advocacy ready to listen. What you talk about is up to you. You can expect emotional support from a peer who will not judge you and who will keep everything you say anonymous, with exceptions only in cases of mandatory reporting.
My name is Katie Cohen and I am the Director of Gamecock REACH. I developed this program because I have a passion for mental health awareness and I think the students at USC would greatly benefit from a supportive peer network of trained students. I’m majoring in Psychology, and I hope to one day be a Clinical Psychologist. Other than Gamecock Reach, I am also involved as a Resident Mentor in the Honors Residence Hall and as the secretary of Psi Chi. I love Star Wars theories, film photography, and anything from Anthropologie.
Hi! I’m Jordan Chertok. I’m a freshman Biological Sciences major (I’m planning on going pre-med), and I will be pursuing a Psychology minor, as I want to become a psychiatrist. Some of my hobbies include hiking/exploring, playing video games, and (very amateur) photography.
My name is Molly Haggerty, I am a junior Psychology major at USC. My career goals are to be working in the mental health field in a high school or college setting. Some of my hobbies include running, skiing, cooking and travelling.
My name is Celeste Gross. I am a sophomore Biological Sciences major and Anthropology minor. As of right now my goal after graduation is to join the Peace Corps. I love to travel and enjoy having the opportunity to help others. I have been a singer all my life. I've been in choirs, bands. and an acapella group here on campus. I also enjoy playing my harp and the piano from time to time. I occasionally dabble in painting and also used to be a martial artist. Again, I love to travel. I have been to many places, so it would take a while to list them all, but some examples are France, Germany, China, Korea, Mexico, Japan, Jamaica, and others. My favorite thing though is to spend as much time as possible with people close to me.
My name is Natalia Sanchez. I am a Junior majoring in psychology. My career goals are to become a psychiatry and maybe a neurologist as well in the long run. I have a bunch of different random hobbies like reading and writing, watching tv series and movies, dancing, singing, doodling, video games, and I'm down for any sort of outdoor activity. You can either find me bumming it out at home or taking a hike out in one of the many national parks. If I could sum myself up nicely, I would say I'm an outgoing and passionate person who loves to meet new people and experience new things.
Director of Recruitment
Hi! My name is Meghan Krikorian and I am currently a freshman here with a pre-med psychology major and a minor in dance. I’m from Massachusetts, and hope to become a child psychiatrist after going to medical school! I love hiking, going to the beach, and road trips as well!
Director of Continuing Education
My name is Mary Branham, I am a junior majoring in psychology. I aspire to have a career that helps people become the best they can be with whatever guidance I can offer. I am passionate about all things health, including physical fitness, nutrition, and especially mental health. My favorite things to do are to cook new recipes for myself and my friends, and curl up on the couch after a long day with my pets.
My name is Reid Davis and I am a freshman. I am majoring in Psychology with the goal of getting my PhD. in clinical psychology. I hope to become a pediatric psychologist and work in a children's hospital! During my free time, I like to run, dance, and hang out with my friends.
Director of Marketing
I am a sophomore international studies major and spanish and psychology double minor from New Jersey. I hope one day to be a diplomat, foreign policy analyst, or human rights advocate. I enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, exploring new places, and eating NJ bagels
My name is Alexis Rondinelli. I am a Sophomore Public Health Pre-Med major with minors in Psychology and Spanish. Following graduation, I plan to move onto Medical School and later become either a General Physician or Pediatrician. In my free time, I enjoy staying active and hanging out with friends!
My name is Meghan O'Donnell. I'm a sophomore public health major with a minor in Spanish. I currently intend on going to graduate school for a BSN and becoming a nurse but I'm keeping my options open within the health field. In my spare time I love to be outside and hang out with friends. I also love to binge watch Netflix, surf Pinterest and paint.
Hi, I’m Kara Fawcett. I am from upstate New York, and a current freshman. My major is exercise science. My hope is to become a doctor someday, or work in the health care field. I like to play volleyball and go for hikes. I also enjoy traveling, cooking, listening to music and podcasts, hiking, watching movies and Netflix.
The application for becoming a peer listener is linked here or in the bar above.
"Why should I become a Gamecock REACH Peer Listener?"
As a peer listener, you will not only gain experience that would enhance any graduate school or job application, you will have the opportunity to make an impact on the USC community. You’ll gain training in active listening and referral skills, and you will actively work to reduce stigma surrounding mental health.
"I want to be involved, but I don’t think being a Peer Listener is for me"
We’re always looking for students to share information about Gamecock REACH to their friends and peers. Share our website over social media and encourage those you know to utilize services. If you are with an organization, please contact us about co-sponsoring mental health awareness events.
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