Many people think having an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice, when in fact it is a mental illness. By talking about it we can reach out to others and de-stigmatize this mental illness. Eating disorders are more common than you think.
To help yourself, and to help someone you care about, know the signs of an eating disorder:
- Constant thoughts about food, weight, calories, body shape, or exercise
- Obsessed with weight and weights self frequently
- Severely restricting the consumption of food
- Avoiding eating with friends and family
- Eating as a response to emotions (e.g. stress, anxiety)
If the warning signs describe you, or someone you know, you may be at-risk for the most common types of eating disorders, and should take a screening for:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating
Take an in-person screening Thursday, March 6, at Kellogg Plaza, 11am-1pm or on-line at: www.MyBodyScreening.org
Your next step is to get help from CSUSM Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). Please contact our offices for more information and an appointment at 760-750-4915, or email us at email@example.com
Now on campus, Active Minds CSUSM, is a student organization that focuses on promoting mental health and educating students about various mental illnesses. Active Minds CSUSM helps students to accept and support each other.
Active Minds CSUSM Helpful Tips on How to Approach a Person With an Eating Disorder:
- Be an active listener
- Use “I” statement. For example, “I’m concerned about you…“ OR, “I care about you, and I’ve noticed that…”
- Make a point to schedule some time with your friend that is not focused around his or her eating disorder.
- Be positive about YOUR own weight, body, and eating.
- Remember, you don’t have to be perfect; you just need to be there. Get back-up, Be back-up. Together we’re stronger.
For more info on Active Minds CSUSM, contact Victoria Sandoval, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Additional help/resources are available.
- Information and referral helpline NEDA 800-931-2237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) 866-662-1235
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) 847-831-3438
- Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) 847-498-4274
- International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) 800-800-8126
To: CSUSM Campus Community
Re: 2013/14 Influenza (Flu) activity
According to the County of San Diego Public Health Services, Influenza activity is widespread in San Diego County and within California. There has been an increase in the number of locally reported cases over the first three (3) weeks of the year.
There are many instances of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the county. Student Health and Counseling Services has also seen several students with ILI. ILI is defined as an illness with a fever ≥100⁰F or 37.8⁰C plus cough and/or sore throat. To stay healthy through this season, we encourage the campus community to follow the recommendations below: Read the rest of this entry
“When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest.” -Louise Philippe
Students Talking About Relationships & Sex (S.T.A.R.S.) is a peer education prevention program that utilizes interactive theater and dialogue to transform individual behaviors and create positive social change. STARS educates students on sexual assault, relationship abuse and bystander intervention, and empowers peer educators to become advocates for a safe, healthy, and inclusive CSUSM community. Through S.T.A.R.S the idea that sexual assault and intimate partner violence (aka Domestic Violence, relationship abuse) are private matters is challenged and students are bringing the issues to the forefront as societal problems that need to be addressed. Read the rest of this entry
Did you know almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned? Did you know approximately 50% of these unplanned pregnancies occur in women who say they were using some form of contraception? There are many birth control options available to women today.
Though the birth control pill is widely used and generally considered safe, many of our college students report difficulty remembering to take the pill at the same time every day. Some women don’t like the side effects of the birth control pill. Other women have certain medical conditions that make it unsafe to use hormone contraceptives. College women are asking for safe, reliable, hassle-free birth control options that are 99.9% effective. Read the rest of this entry
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Use your voice, make your choice to prevent drug abuse and excessive alcohol use and promote mental and emotional well-being.
With every healthy choice you make, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices that each of us makes in our own life. Through your personal healthy choices, you can set an example of health and wellness for other students. Your healthy behaviors help to prevent drug abuse and excessive alcohol use and promote mental and emotional well-being for those around you. Read the rest of this entry
Do You? With Summer just around the corner and finals coming to a close, students often find pleasurable ways to commemorate another semester accomplished and a job well done. Students at the ages of 21 or older tend to celebrate with the consumption of alcohol. Being able to enjoy a few drinks with friends is a privilege, and as such, it should be stressed that with this privilege comes a great amount of responsibility as well. Read the rest of this entry
According to the SAPAC 53% of victims of domestic violence were abused by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend. Domestic violence affects more students than most people think. Take Back the Night is an event on campus’ that began 35 years ago and has spread through the nation that fights to break the silence about sexual assault and domestic violence. We come together as a community to raise our voice in the night to support one another and fight for a safer tomorrow! Read the rest of this entry