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Chaparral 2018-2019: 27.6 Garfield Matters

Garfield Matters

Mental Health Awareness Month at Garfield Campus

by Krista Raimondo
Garfield Campus Steward

This month, Garfield Campus is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month. Our counseling center offers various resources, both online and in-person, that are useful for our students, faculty, and staff.

The counseling faculty and staff at Garfield Campus do a wonderful job of dispelling negative cultural stereotypes surrounding mental health and seeking counseling. Many of our students, aside from feeling the stress of final exams, are grappling with stress due to their immigration status, ability to afford food, and an evolving new identity and sense of self as they adjust to a new professional and personal life in the United States.

MAY 14 & 15

On May 14th and 15th, Garfield Campus Palm Plaza hosted multilingual representatives from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), an organizationwhose goals are to “advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness.” They also provide support groups, education classes, advocacy, and resources to give help and hope to those living with a mental illness, their families, and loved ones. The support groups offer individuals living with serious mental illness, their families, friends, and loved ones a confidential, supportive, and safe environment to share, vent, listen, learn, and network with those with similar experiences. NAMI Glendale is open to everyone concerned about the issues of mental illness and the personal and social impacts, and their programs are always free.

 

CALFRESH & FOOD PANTRY

Another way that Garfield supports the mental wellness of their students is through the CalFresh program and Food for Thought Pantry. Students enjoy greater peace of mind knowing that they have increased food-buying power, so they are able to purchase the amount of food their household needs.

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

California Community College Health and Wellness
http://www.cccstudentmentalhealth.org
The website contains a variety of different kinds of resources that students might need as well as psychoeducational information about taking care of one’s mental health and the importance of seeking out support when overwhelmed, stressed, or in distress; as well as tips for faculty and staff to help those students.

Each Mind Matter Crisis Text Line – Text: “COURAGE” TO 741741
www.EachMindMatters.org
The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and early intervention (PEI) initiatives implemented by CalMHSA – and collected under the banner of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement – include Stigma and Discrimination Reduction, Suicide Prevention and Student Mental Health, all of which are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).

Kognito Website
https://www.kognitocampus.com/login
Create a new account, follow on-screen instructions, choose course, and click “Launch”; training simulations designed to educate faculty, staff, and students about best practices in supporting (1) students who struggle with psychological distress including depression and suicidal ideation, (2) LGBTQ students who are struggling due to harassment or exclusion, and (3) student veterans who are facing challenges in adjusting to college life.

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