West Virginia Universitys Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services is offering support groups that address grief, time management, stress and interpersonal relationships, among other issues.

All the groups are confidential. Students interested in learning more about the groups or other services offered by the Carruth Center are encouraged to 304-293-4431.

Students with children

WVU s Child Development and Family Support Services is collaborating with the Carruth Center to offer a family-friendly initiative to support students who have children.

The Parents Realizing Our Potential as Students groupor PROPS meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (through April 23) in the Student Recreation Center conference room.

Free pizza is provided for families from 6-6:30 p.m., and free child care is offered while parents participate in group discussion and activities.

The group discusses balancing parent and student roles, stress management, procrastination, goals, personal health, guilty feelings, budget issues, friendship and more.

Grieving students

A support group for students who are struggling with a significant personal loss meets on Tuesdays at the Carruth Center from 5:30-7 p.m. The Carruth Center is located on the third floor of the Student Services Building next to the Mountainlair.

The group provides a supportive environment to explore and work through grief concerns.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Melissa Bilski, psychology intern, at 304-293-3847 or Melissa.Bilski@mail.wvu.edu .

Interpersonal relationships

The Carruth Center also offers a group that helps students better understand themselves and their relationships with others.

Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Carruth Center.

The group offers a safe environment for students to explore their feelings, self-esteem and identity; to give and receive support and feedback; and to clarify confusing feelings, co-leader Melanie Nuskowski said.

Through group interactions, students learn about themselves and their interpersonal patterns and practice new and healthier ways of connecting and communicating with others,Nuskowski said.

Interested students should call 304-293-4431 to schedule a time to meet with one of the co-leaders.

Graduate student support

A graduate student support group meets on Mondays during the spring semester at 6 p.m. in the Carruth Center. Light refreshments are served.

The group addresses time management, procrastination, motivation, stress and self-care, navigating the educational system, performance anxiety, creative hurdles and professional development.

Students should call the Carruth Center at 304-293-4431 to schedule an appointment before coming to their first meeting.

Carruth Center

The Carruth Center provides group and individual counseling for a variety of student concerns. Walk-in counseling services are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The center provides personal, educational and career counseling. Common problems include difficulty adjusting to college life, self-esteem concerns, anxiety or depression, relationship issues, eating problems, identity issues or traumatic events.