By Aaron Shiozaki
Students stressed out with schoolwork, issues at home or even their workplace, should seek help at the Student Health Center or counseling office on campus.
Almost every college student experiences stress at one point. It can be caused by things that are related to coursework, home or work.
“When the students pay their $11 health fee, then they get access to the Health Center, and that gives students access to the mental health therapist,” said Chris Garcia, Department Chair for Counseling.
Garcia also said students mostly visit the counseling office because of issues related to transportation and child care, which may cause some stress.
The primary focus is providing students with child-care by connecting them with the child development center on campus or providing them with information on bus passes and what shuttle would be best to take.
“If we were to identify a student that was dealing with a type of stress, then we could make recommendations. Maybe you need to take advantage of this service,” Garcia said.
“If it sounds like you are dealing with depression from a family member that just passed, we have a really good support group through the Student Health Center.”
The counseling office is able to help students to a certain extent when dealing with certain types of issues, like stress.
If the cause of stress is not due to an academic dilemma and is because of something that happened at home or the workplace, the counseling office will likely recommend students to services provided by the health center.
Regardless of the cause of stress, students are more than welcome to visit the health center.
However, if the cause of stress is focused around academic and career exploration, students are better off visiting the counseling office.
By paying an $11 health center fee per semester, students have access to services such as physical exams, prescriptions for birth control, family planning, tuberculosis screenings, women’s health and mental health.
Students can visit the student center when they feel a panic attack, anxious, stressed or even just want to talk with someone about their problems. Due to doctor-patient confidentiality, not much more information can be given about how the therapist treats students that go in.
“We don’t personally speak with the students about stress, because that’s between the therapist and the student,” Myrna Palafox, registered nurse at the student center said.
“So, we do get students that come in here and say ‘I’ve been feeling anxious lately,’ but they don’t go into specifics like with stress. That would be for the therapist.”
Students that do show up at the Student Health Center do not always have to enter to begin feeling better. “Students will be jittery in class and they feel anxious, they have panic attacks, but once they get here, they have a seat for a few minutes, they’re fine,” Lina Ech, medical assistant at the student center said.
“I don’t know how that works but it seems to just always happen.”
Palafox also shared that acknowledgment. “Students that come that are feeling anxious, simply by just sitting out there in the waiting area and taking deep breaths, they reduce their anxiety levels,” Palafox said.