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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National Eating Disorders Week @ CSUSM

In United States, 20 million women and 10 million suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder (http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/types-symptoms-eating-disorders).

At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S (http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/).

The media depicts images that our society should abide by. We mostly see images that show women and men should have these perfect bodies that would be admired by anyone. Losing weight is what comes to mind when you want to have that perfect body to be admired, loved, and happy.

If you have an eating disorder or know someone who does, you are not alone. Knowing that others have experienced eating disorders, hopefully allows you to believe there is hope and will encourage your willingness to get help. Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder (http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/). Continue reading

Gobble Up Gratitude

gratitude_keep_calmTypically, November kicks off the season of many thanks and celebrations. However, this year we want to shake things up a bit. Rather than just a season, we want to make gratitude a daily lifestyle habit.

Why should a college student make gratitude part of their busy daily routine? By celebrating what we already have we increase our happiness, health, and ability to cope with life’s challenges, all of which increase our academic abilities. Here are several other ways gratitude benefits you:

Emotional-More Positive Feelings, More Relaxed, More Resilient, Happier Memories, Less Envious Continue reading

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

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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We were given life to live-no matter how you believe you were born or where you come from or where you will go after your time is up, we are meant to live. There are misfortunate events that occur every day, one of the worst and serious action known as suicide.

As a college student only at the age of 20, I have unfortunately seen my fair share of the planning of a suicide or suicidal ideations, suicide attempts and unfortunately those that have lost the battle against their mental illnesses and succumb to the act of suicide.

6 people. I have been in the same room with 6 different people that have tried to take their own life. These ranged from my loved ones, friends, family, and honestly complete strangers. Sometimes I had happened to be in the right place at the right time. I do say right place and right time because all six of those people are living today. 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