Alcohol Dependency and Screening

Alcohol, it has been around for centuries. From the ancient civilizations like the
Egyptians or the Greeks, all the way to present times here in 2016.  12891060_10206192973446258_8590145945967036425_oThroughout the years alcohol has been influencing and dictating peoples live ever since. In 2016 alcohol comes in a variety of packages and styles from the classics like Budweiser and Coors to more exotic kinds like Absinthe and Cachaça, no matter the variety it all has the potential to be abused.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 29% of adults in the U.S. drink too much. Risky drinking constitutes both the 4% of those that are dependent on alcohol and the 25% who are not dependent on it. 38 million adults binge drink and on average they do it 4 times a month consuming 8 or more drinks at a time. Risky alcohol drinking has cost the United States about 223.5 million dollars and has led to 80,000 deaths per year. That makes risky drinking the third leading preventable death.
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Healthy Eating for the Holidays!


The holiday season is fast approaching and an abundance of tempting treats are coming along with it!

The question is, how do we maintain a healthy diet with all of the various holiday meals and desserts present in every direction we look?

The first tip I can offer you to make it through the holiday season maintaining a healthy diet is to be realistic. Do not create unrealistic or unattainable goals for yourself this winter. It is okay to treat yourself to some of your favorite seasonal meals and treats so long as you do so in moderation. Continue reading

Clear the RAINN Day!

CleartheRAINNdayEvery 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is a crime of power and control. Each year, there are about 293,00 victims of sexual assault. What can we do to prevent or limit the amount of cases of sexual assault on our campus? The first is to know WHAT sexual assault consists of. WHO and what resources we can contact in the case of a sexual assault event occurring. Also, who to contact for a sexual assault aftermath, to help recover. HOW we can reduce the risks and raise awareness on our campus and nationwide.

There are different types of sexual assaults. The most commonly known is penetration of the body or rape. It does not end there. Attempted rape is considered sexual assault. Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, fondling, or unwanted sexual touching are all actions classified as sexual assault. The action of forcing ones self onto another without consent, both parties agreeing or permitting sexual contact, is unacceptable and should be reported. Sexual assault is a crime. College-aged women are 3 times more likely than women in general to suffer from sexual violence.

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Suicide: All You Need to Know to Help

In the forty seconds it would take you to reply to an e-mail, empty a trashcan, or plug in your cell phone, one person has committed suicide in the world. Annually, this accounts for 800,000 deaths worldwide, a number comparable to the population of San Francisco. Thoughts of suicide as well as depression and self-harm occur every day, possibly in the lives of your loved ones, coworkers, fellow students, roommates, and neighbors. Oftentimes, though warning signs may be apparent—even pronounced—we are unsure how to handle a conversation as emotionally charged and sensitive as suicide. We may question our experience or ability to say the right thing, refer the proper resource, or offer beneficial advice. Despite any apprehension you may have, offering help to someone with thoughts of suicide first begins with a knowledge of warning signs, decision to reach out, and familiarity with resources.


Understanding certain behaviors and patterns – signs and symptoms – associated with suicide is the first step to its prevention. These could be conveyed physically or verbally, as well as in a subtle or unmistakable way. Any one sign could indicate suicide risk. Here are some signs of emotional pain or suicidal thoughts that should lend to concern:

TALK of: killing themselves, being a burden, feeling worthless/purposeless, being caught in intolerable suffering

BEHAVIOR that includes: substance abuse, researching means of suicide, social withdrawal, intense aggression, isolation, recklessness

MOOD of: depression, lethargy, rage, irritability, humiliation, anxiety

*Sudden yet noticeable changes in talk, behavior, or mood of someone you believe to be experiencing suicidal thoughts are key indicators that a conversation should be had. If you are uncertain, the best way to find out it, is to ask. Continue reading

Suicide Prevention Week @ CSUSM! 09/06-09/12!

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Interested in learning more about how you can support suicide prevention on campus? September 6th-12th is Suicide Prevention week at CSUSM! It kicks of with a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, September 8th from 11-1pm at USU 2310-B. It will feature a film screening of “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” as well as a brief discussion.Seating is limited, please RSVP to join us Thursday, September 10th from 6–9pm at the USU Arcade and Amphitheater for The PopRx Concert Reaching Out & Saving Lives! Students can enjoy a musical performancr, pre-concern activities from 6-7pm which include art mural painting, written words, education and resource tables, and candle lighting to bring awareness to suicide prevention and reduce stigma. Interact with social media to spread the word that each of us can Reach Out and Save a Life!


Classy Cougars Party Safely

Hello Cal State San Marcos Cougars. Spring Break is a great time to take a break from the books and have some fun. Whether it is a wild trip to Cabo San Lucas or going back home to spend time with the family, I have a great spring break tip sheet to take into consideration.


Going on a road trip?

  • What to Bring: Valid Driver’s License, Proof of Insurance, Snacks, and Beverages
  • Take turns behind the wheel: Have a rotating driver who is able to ensure that whoever is behind the wheel is well rested. Note, the music will change because the driver gets to be DJ, unless appointed to the shotgun passenger.
  • Role of the shotgun rider: To be the wing(wo)man to the driver and help with any navigation decisions.
  • Take a Map: I know we are in a generation where our smart phones can solve all of our greatest problems in life, but if our service lets us down, then we have the “old school” way of finding our destination.
  • Piece of Advise: Always lock your vehicle. Never leave valuables in plain sight, lock them in the trunk.

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You Don’t Have To (____) To Have An Eating Disorder.


Binge Eating Disorder (or BED) can be categorized alongside anorexia and bulimia as an “eating disorder,” however, it is not characterized by abstaining from food, but overeating due to stress eating or low self-esteem and/or confidence. Aside from BED, people with eating disorders vary in body shape and size.

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Have You Seen the Signs?

Eating disorders are not limited to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Others include binge eating disorder (binge without purging), purging disorder (purge without bingeing), avoidant food intake disorder (restricting food), and orthorexia nervosa (obsession with healthy eating). While disordered eating does not fully meet the criterion of an eating disorder, it does embellish many of the same unhealthy patterns and approaches to food. Some common behaviors include:

Feeling bothered or nervous over minor changes in weight

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