Find Services to Support Your Mental Health

Find Services to Support Your Mental Health

By MONICA AGUILERA

Boba-drinking, Zelda-playing, Horror-watching brown girl from Oaxacalifornia.

An important factor in mental health is knowing what help you need and where you can find it. During this time of uncertainty, you might find yourself anxious, overwhelmed, and/or discouraged. They are all valid feelings. If these feelings continue for a long period of time, you might find some security in taking an online mental health assessment. By taking a mental health screening/ assessment, you are opening yourself to resources and support that will help you throughout your college career and after. 

 Mental health screenings are short quizzes that tally up your score and give you a quick analysis of what you might be feeling and if they are symptoms of a mental health condition. Below are some sites that do free online screenings: 

  • Mental Health America: features online mental screening tests in English and Spanish regarding anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, psychosis, eating disorders, and PTSD.
  • American Mental Wellness: a hub of different screening tests where you can take multiple screenings from different medical sites regarding depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, abuse/dating violence/ domestic violence, and more.

Once you complete the screenings, both sites provide information regarding where to find resources corresponding to your results. Whether you find out you have symptoms of a condition or not, therapy is something students, especially first-generation students can partake in and take advantage of. 

    • Your College’s Wellness Center: Your college possibly offers mental health services at your Student Health/Wellness Center. Some colleges offer up to three sessions. Take advantage of them, their services are included in the tuition and fees you already pay for!  

There are several resources out there to support your needs and you are worthy of all of them! Any step you take towards the betterment of your mental health is a big win for yourself, your mind and body, and those who care for you. We are ready to support you. 

 

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19

By ANA ANTUNA

LA girl who enjoys films, vegetarian food, and art. USC Alum.

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the stress we have all collectively felt throughout this year. From being personally affected by the virus to losing our jobs, transitioning to distanced learning, and so much more. All the emotions you have felt and continue to feel are completely valid. We also acknowledge how difficult it may be to be home at this time. College is an escape for many of us for a wide array of reasons. As low-income first-generation students, we do not often have our own space to focus solely on schoolwork. It is important to establish boundaries during this time with your family, siblings, or whoever you share a space with. Since the pandemic continues to bring uncertainty, it continues to cause anxiety and stress in our communities. It is important to practice self-care and take care of ourselves and our mental health. Mental Health resources are also not always accessible, however, we have provided a few resources below that will help with practicing self-care.

  •  Self Care Interactive Guide: Self-care is important, and you deserve to devote some time to it. This is an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self-care, executive dysfunction, and/or who have trouble reading internal signals.
  • Care for Your Anxiety: COVID-19 has caused anxiety for many of us, especially with the increasing number of cases in California. Use this toolkit to care for your anxiety by meditating, finding tips to feel at ease, and find support.
  • Apps like Headspace help with meditation and breathing techniques. Download them to find the best fit for you.
    • If you are an LA resident, you will have access to Headspace for free until December 31st. College students can pay $9 for a yearly subscription.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources:
    • Taking Care of Your Emotional Health: It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.
    • Coping With Stress: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/