Stop the Stigma: Support Mental Health Awareness on Campus

Left to right: Counselors Rafael Davila, Catherine Espenscheid, Jocelyn Morales and Andrea Bealler

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

In an effort to bring mental health awareness to campus, the East Campus Counseling team held a panel discussion for more than 40 participants on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, entitled “Stop the Stigma: Support Mental Health Awareness on Campus.” The panel, moderated by Counselor Rafael Davila, including four students and Counselor Andrea Bealler, shared their personal reflections and experiences with the stigma associated with mental illness. Counselors Catherine Espenscheid and Jocelyn Morales assisted with the event logistics.

When asked what aspect of the event was most helpful, one student replied, “Talking about mental health. I learned more about something that I personally deal with, along with some better coping strategies.” Another student noted, “Mental illness does not define a person.”

Valencia students can visit an East Campus counselor in Building 5, Room 210, and a Winter Park counselor in Room 206, to talk through challenges, receive resources and create an action plan related to their needs.

Students may also contact BayCare Behavioral Health’s services 24/7 by calling (800) 878-5470. Three free, confidential, face-to-face counseling sessions are available to students. BayCare may assist students with psychological issues including stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, substance abuse and time management, as well as relationship concerns dealing with school, home or work.

Self-assessments and additional resources on a wide variety of topics can be accessed on the BayCare Student Assistance webpage. To access these resources, students should visit the Student tab in Atlas and then click the BayCare Health System graphic in the Health and Wellness section.

Additionally, students are invited to the “Let’s Talk Express – Meet the Counselors” Skillshop — designed to promote conversations that will foster connection and overall emotional well-being within the college community — on Tuesday, December 11, 2019, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in front of Building 4.

Faculty interested in learning more about this topic can register for the LFMP3349: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Faculty Development course in the Valencia EDGE. Additionally, faculty can access the CARE LibGuide here.

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