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Los Rios Community College District provides mental health and wellness events
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Mental health challenges among college students have become an increasing concern in recent years. The growing focus on college students’ mental health has spurred a number of studies that have researched the specific mood disturbances and other struggles students grapple with, including suicide, eating disorders and addiction, as well as the driving factors behind these challenges.

The Los Rios Community College District mental health and wellness team is holding a series of mental health and wellness events this fall to equip students with resources to address some of these issues. Topics include achieving balance and maintaining mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic, and addressing how to support loved ones who could be at a higher risk of self-harm and suicide. The events are open to all students and employees.

These workshops serve as a reminder that students are not alone in the challenges they experience, said Chase Moore, interim director of mental health and wellness for LRCCD, in an email.

“Our overall wellness is a journey and something we pursue daily. Educational workshops support our students through skill building [and] providing social connection,” Moore wrote.

The workshops are designed to educate and inform students on how to cope with stressors, achieve balance in their lives, and support themselves in times when they might feel emotionally out of control, according to Moore.

Two workshops will happen this Friday, Sept. 24, from 3:00-4:30 p.m.: “From Surviving to Thriving: Finding Balance and Achieving Wellness Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic” and “Rising Above the Risk: Supporting Ourselves and Those We Love Who May Be at Higher Risk for Suicide and Self-Harm,” according to a recent Cityscape email announcing the series. Both workshops will take place on Zoom. No registration is required.

The Los Rios mental health and wellness team will continue to hold mental health and wellness events each month and will advertise the dates at the beginning of the month, according to Moore. There will be a different topic covered each month.

In addition, TimelyCare, LRCCD’s health care partner that provides free telehealth services to Los Rios students, is now offering group sessions and is hosting a series of mental health webinars, according to the Cityscape email. Participants must register for the webinars.

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The telehealth service is providing two yoga class options throughout the next month: Beginner Slow Flow Yoga (offered on Mondays at 5 p.m.) and Stretch and Lengthen Yoga (offered on Fridays at 8 a.m.). The classes will go through the end of October.

TimelyCare will also host an Optimizing Emotional and Mental Well-being workshop on Friday, Sept. 24, from noon to 12:45.

In the Company We Keep,” a new therapeutic support group for Black women students, will launch Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The group will meet virtually once a week for nine weeks to offer support in issues that many Black women face and to provide a space for Black women to talk through their individual challenges. 

The group will discuss topics including microaggressions, romantic relationships, eating disorders, Black feminism and navigating space, depression and anxiety, sisterhood and friendships and sex, said Chioko Grevious, the group’s facilitator, in an email. Grevious is an associate marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor and has a master’s in public health.

“Each week will be a different topic,” Grevious wrote. “There will be an opportunity at the beginning of each session that will be used for check ins, which could lead to organic conversations.”

Because the group will discuss sensitive topics, Grevious says she hopes that the same group of women will attend each session in order to create a safe space for participants, though she understands that schedules can change. She will stop taking new participants in the fourth week of the group.

For more information about the group or to register, contact Grevious at 916-424-3700 or [email protected].

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