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Sharpen is available through desktop and mobile solutions

Many students are experiencing more mental and emotional stress than they can handle alone. Depression affects college students at a higher rate than the general population, and the new quarantine guidelines make their lives even tougher.


Sharpen collaborates with licensed mental health providers, including our Counseling Services team at USC Upstate, to provide students self-help information, techniques and guidance in a safe environment. Sharpen’s content is offered in the voices and perspectives of students themselves.


Sharpen provides tools for self-help and psychoeducation. We do not replace the importance of a counselor. 

Sharpen is offering students vetted information related to the COVID-19 virus, and evidence-based resources to help individuals cope with anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. There are also stress management and mindfulness tips to assist the whole community during this trying time. 

During a recent college campus survey:*

  • 90% said Sharpen should be shared with a friend or parent

  • 90% said the app exposed them to resources they didn’t know existed for mental health

  • 95% said they learned things that they can use to help others

*Post-test survey and focus group data with 232 students at University of South Carolina, Upstate in 2018 and 2019.

youth, young adults and adults can view Sharpen mental health literacy programs on a phone or laptop

Making Sharpen accessible to students, staff and administrators is easy. Simply click on this link (if prompted, please enter the app code: UP) and log in using your USC Upstate email address to register.

Any USC Upstate student or faculty member with this link (if prompted, please enter the app code: UP) can sign into the app and access the resources. No user information is ever shared per our Privacy policy.

(if prompted, please enter the code: UP)

Sharpen Minds | Dr. Brendan Kelly, President of University of West Georgia

"During this pandemic, it’s more important than ever to support our students’ mental health, as well as their physical health.  The programs offered through Sharpen will be transformative in how students can improve their mental health from the privacy of their own homes."

~Dr. Brendan Kelly, President
University of West Georgia

If you are in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  For additional information about Sharpen, please contact

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