About Students 4 Support

What is Students 4 Support?

Students 4 Support is a group of highly trained volunteers who provide nationally recognized crisis response techniques in a confidential, non-judgment environment.  Student 4 Support team members are not professional counselors and do not provide therapy.


Stephanie Reed, Donna Murray, and Rachael Weil proposed the addition of Peer Counseling to Lindsey Barr, one of the counselors in the Counseling Center in 2006.  After months of extensive research, the program started in 2007.  In 2013, the peer counseling group changed their name to from Peer Counseling to the Cougar Counseling Team (CCT) which better reflected their collaborative nature with each other. 

Starting effective January 1, 2020 we are now named Students 4 Support.

What kinds of problems can I discuss?

  • Relationships
  • Family problems
  • Changing habits
  • Roommate issues
  • Academic pressures
  • Anything that stresses you out.

At what time is Students 4 Support available?

4:00pm - 9:00pm Monday through Thursday  

Where is Students 4 Support located?

3rd Floor of the Robert Scott Small Building, Room 319

How can I find more information?

What if I want help with serious emotional or psychological problems?

  • You can contact Students 4 Support at 843.953.5640. They offer counseling services and referral information.
  • The Charleston Area has an excellent Hotline. Dial 211 or 744.HELP.
  • Emergencies: Call College of Charleston Public Safety at 911.

Is Students 4 Support confidential?

YES. All information is held in the strictest of confidence.

Are there any costs?

No. Students 4 Support Team members are volunteers and the service is free to College of Charleston students.

How do I know that I will feel comfortable talking to a Students 4 Support team member?

We know that some people have difficulty reaching out for help. Many people find that it is more comfortable to talk to in a relaxed setting.  For safety reasons we have two cougar counseling team members on hand at all times of operation. You can e-mail ahead to make sure we can accommodate your preference for a male or female Students 4 Support Team member.

Who are the Students 4 Support Team Members?

Students 4 Support is staffed by dedicated College of Charleston sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. All volunteers go throuhh a rigorous application followed by training with Counseling and Substance Abuse services and our local suicide prevention line.