May Days Focusing on Mental Health and Stress Management

With the school year winding down, many of us are stressed on a wide range of topics. Finals, graduation, job prospect, moving, relationships, and our over- all well-being. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This article provides tools for stress management along with mental health promotion and SHCS activities that you can participate in that can help.

 Keep Your Balance and Stress in Check

We all try to balance everything at once and in equal proportions. Well, that isn’t necessary; in fact, balance is a constant process of distribution of what matters. Some areas will need more attention then other, the keys is to be sure to take steps with each area and not try to do it all at once, get overwhelmed and crawl into a dark hole somewhere to shut out the world.

Here are some tips for balancing and reducing stress:

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National Prevention Week 2017 is themed “Making Each Day Count”.  Realizing the importance of seeking and helping others in our campus community to live healthy and productive lives by raising awareness of substance abuse and promoting positive mental health (SAMHSA.GOV). Continue reading

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Women’s Fitness: A mini guide for CSUSM women to stay fit!

Today is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. As CSUSM students, we are all familiar with the amount of stair climbing it takes to get from point A to point B. Those stairs seem never-ending with a heavy backpack filled with textbooks, binders, and even laptop at times! Let’s not dread those stairs, but instead see it as a chance to be active and be reminded to be motivated to overcome any obstacle that comes in our path. fitness

Have an hour break or falling asleep while studying in the library? Try packing a workout outfit and some tennis shoes and showing those stairs who’s the boss! The stairs will get that heart pumping, sweat dripping, and blood flowing. The blood flow can help wake you up during that afternoon crash and keep your mind fresh for all the information you will be learning during class.

You might be asking, “well, what are some fun stair work outs I can do?” There are actually a ton of work outs you can do with stairs. Here are some videos I found that looked like you would enjoy:

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Men’s Health: Why is it Such a Secret?

What does the word health mean to you? To many it means being healthy sexually, emotionally, physically etc., but to some that word has no affect to them. As college students, many individuals go through many troubling issues and they are being challenged to remove themselves from their own comfort zone.

Many students have to work two jobs while taking on a full load of classes. Some students are dealing with relationship problems and social problems. All these issues can lead to health problems and it’s important to understand what your body is going through and how to get help when it is needed.

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We all know men do not like to talk about their own issues to others. That’s a generalized statement, but it may be true. Many do not like to show their weaknesses or they try to prove that they can do whatever they want without having to get help. According to an article published by Mary Brophy Marcus, only a whopping 7% of men talk about their health issues with others (CBS 2016). That can become a problem, especially for those that attend college and deal with many health issues that arise.

Why do men not talk about their health issues as much as women do? Why is this a problem? Men are taught to act tough at such a young age, to be brave, to not have emotions because it would consider them to be less manly or “feminine.” It may be a problem because if one does not share or act fast on any health issue, it could become worse or it could be too late.   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.

KNOW THE SIGNS

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

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

BE UNDERWEIGHT

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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Let’s Talk About Sex!

As college students, many of us starting to explore our sexuality and starting to become sexually active and perhaps getting into serious relationships. Yet, how many of us are actually engaging in talking about safer sex or taking precautions while engaging in sexual activities in order to prevent the spread of STDs and unplanned pregnancies? If you’re not engaging in consensual and safer sex, these statistics might help you change your mind.

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Safe Sex is the Best Sex but what is Safe Sex?safersex
Safe sex is taking precautions while engaging in sexual activities in order to prevent one from catching or passing STDs, also sometimes called STIs. We all may have heard these terms before but are unsure of what they exactly mean. An STD (sexually transmitted diseases) and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) are passed through sexual contact through semen, blood, and vaginal/cervical secretion. Some of the most common STDs and STIs are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes, HPV, HIV, and AIDS. However, safe sex doesn’t just involve the prevention of STDs but also ensuring that it is consensual. Consensual is also a word that may be unfamiliar to some. In order to have consensual sex both members of the party must voluntarily want to engage in sexual activities together.
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NO More! Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

NO_MORE_INLINE_TAG_RGBThe month of October holds a lot of meaning to it. Not only is it Breast Cancer awareness month, but it is also Domestic Violence Awareness. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence also known as the NCADV set the month of October as Domestic Violence awareness month.

Domestic violence is defined as battering, meaning that there is a behavioral pattern in which an individual tries to strike fear or intimidation in another, usually through violence, to establish power or control. This does not just occur between intimate partner relationships, but between family members as well.

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