This section you will find a variety of self-help resources and self-assessment tools that we hope you will find helpful for yourself or someone you care about. While these materials are not meant to be a substitute for therapy, our hope is that you will find the materials informative and useful.
I Need a Referral
Referrals are offered to students when their needs are beyond the role and/or scope of services available at the Counseling Center. At other times, students may simply prefer counseling off-campus. Here are some resources to help you find a therapist. The Counseling Center does not endorse, nor guarantee the quality of treatment received from any local, state, or national resources.
As a USI student, you have the opportunity to take one of our screenings anytime you want, which may help you decide if this is the right time to meet with a counselor to discuss your situation and receive assistance. If you didn't find what you are looking for, additional screenings are available here.
Do you want even more personalized information about your substance use and risk patterns? Then check out Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO.
Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is an online, confidential survey about your alcohol use. By taking the assessment, you will get personalized feedback about your alcohol use, including:
• Your personal risk patterns
• Your individual level of alcohol tolerance
• Your unique family risk factors
• Strategies to keep you safer if you choose to drink
• Resources available at USI and in the community
USI's Alcohol & Drug Prevention page is an excellent resource for information. We understand that many people want to "party" and the goal of this page is to help people have fun safely, reasonably, and responsibly should they choose to use. Here you will find:
- Factual information about alcohol & marijuana
- Information about alcohol & marijuana use on campus
- Information about USI policies and legal penalties
- Signs of alcohol poisoning and drug overdose
- Information about USI's medical amnesty program that will limit the amount of trouble you may get in if you need to call for help
- Information about the "Safe Ride" program that allows you to get a cab when you have no cash.
Community resources for additional assistance:
- Southwestern Behavioral Health: 812-473-3144
- Deaconess Cross Pointe: 812-476-720
- Brentwood Meadows: 812-858-7200
- Adapt Counseling: 812-421-9900
- New Visions: 812-422-6812
- Counseling for Change: 812-491-2615
- Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Evansville (AA)
- Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Evansville (NA)
- Al Anon/Alateen
Wellness focuses on positive health, developing a strong sense of well-being, and balancing the many aspects of one's life. More information about campus student wellness initiatives is on the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness website.
"(This) organization extends the opportunity to grow and to learn in a supportive environment, promoting the recognition and involvement of African American students, and to make an impact on the decisions regarding students of the University community."
Hispanic Student Union/Latinos Unidos (HSU/LU)
"It is the mission of Latinos Unidos to promote the recognition and involvement of Hispanic and Latino students at the University of Southern Indiana. The LU intends to create a strong voice on campus to make an impact on the decisions regarding students at USI. The LU also encourages academic achievement and personal development among its membership. In addition, the LU sponsors and promotes programs to enhance and increase knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity."
South Asian Student Association
"It is the mission of the South Asian Student Association to promote the recognition and involvement of South Asian students at the University of Southern Indiana. The organization intends to create a strong voice on campus to make an impact on the decisions regarding students at USI.
The SAU shall also encourage academic achievement and personal development in leadership, time management, organizational and communication skills among its membership. In addition, the SAU will promote both academic and extra-curricular programs to enhance and increase the knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity."
Additional USI Resources
The Multicultural Center seeks to developing diversity awareness within students to build a bridge between college life and future multicultural experiences.
Religious Life provides religious guidance and worship opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Their goal is to get the word out on ways to stay active in your faith life while at USI.
USI Student Group
Sexuality and Gender Alliance (S.A.G.A.) is a student organization founded for the purpose of promoting equality at USI and the surrounding community. Meetings (Every other Wednesday at 4 p.m. - Student Life Lounge in UC East) are open to GLBTQ students and straight allies.
The Tri-State Alliance serves the GLBT communities of Southwestern Indiana, Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. They sponsor many events including the gay and lesbian youth prom, the summer pride picnic, the AIDS Art Auction and the AIDS Christmas Project.
The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project has several excellent resources for LGBTQ youth, which include:
•The Trevor Lifeline (866-488-7386). This is a free and confidential
suicide prevention lifeline specifically designed for LGBTQ youth.
Assistance is available 24/7.
• TrevorChat & TrevorText provide professional one-on-one
assistance to individuals not at risk for suicide.
• Ask Trevor is an online question and answer forum for matters
related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
• TrevorSpace.org is a social networking site for individuals
Transitioning to College
- The first few weeks on campus can be a lonely period, and you may have concerns about forming friendships. When you look around it may seem that everyone else is self-confident and socially successful - the reality is that everyone is having the same concerns.
- If you allow sufficient time, you can usually find peers to help provide structure and a support system. The important thing to remember when meeting new people is the old cliché “be yourself.” Also, don’t expect meaningful, new relationships to develop overnight. It took a great deal of time to develop your previous friendships; the same will be true of new friendships.
- Increased personal freedom can be both wonderful and frightening. You are able to come and go as you choose, with no one to “hassle” you. At the same time, things are no longer predictable. The strange environment, with new kinds of procedures and new people, can create the sense of being on an emotional roller coaster. This is very normal and to be expected.
- Living with roommates can also present special, sometimes intense, problems. Negotiating respect for personal property, personal space, sleep, and relaxation needs may become a complex task. This complexity increases when your roommates are of different backgrounds with different values. Communicating your needs calmly, listening with respect to your roommate’s concerns, and being willing to compromise to meet each other’s needs, can promote resolution of issues.
- It is unrealistic to expect roommates to become best friends, and hopefully, you and your roommate(s) will work out mutually satisfying living arrangements. But, the reality is that you each may have your own circle of friends.
- Leaving home to attend school is both exciting and challenging. Homesickness is very normal and is experienced by the majority of students who leave home for the first time. Even if you have spent time away from home previously, you are not immune from the loneliness, self-doubt, concentration difficulties, and preoccupation with home that characterizes homesickness. Here are some basic strategies which have proven effective for many students:
- Remember, homesickness is usually temporary - give yourself time to adjust.
- Get involved (with other students, classes, and student activities). The sooner you adapt to your new surroundings, the less intense your feelings of discomfort will become.
- Call or write home, but avoid going home every weekend. This is especially important during the beginning of the school year when many clubs, organizations and activities are just getting started. This is your opportunity to make new friends, many of whom are in the same boat.
- Talk out your feelings with a counselor, friend, or resident assistant. Just giving voice to your feelings can sometimes provide a new perspective and create a sense of relief.