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Too much to handle?

College offers new experiences and challenges. This can be exciting; it can also be stressful and make you, or someone you know, feel overwhelmed. If these feelings last for more than a few weeks, or interfere with academic or social functioning, it may be a sign of depression. Take a free screening at the Student Health Center, tomorrow Thursday October 10th from 12:00-2:00pm. Take an anonymous, 5-minute assessment and get a FREE DONUT. Now there’s some real excitement for you, baby!

Is depression to blame?

Many people experience the first symptoms of depression during their college years. Unfortunately, many college students who have depression aren’t getting the help they need.

Are you having difficulty paying attention and staying focused in class?

See if depression could be the cause by taking an anonymous screening at Student Health Services, provided free of cost by CAPS on Thursday October 10th from 12noon until 2pm. Take a 5-minute assessment and get a free donut! You won’t find a better deal than that  🙂

Effective Communication Tips

“How can I have a better connection to my romantic partner, friends, classmates, and family members?”
“How should I handle the drama and conflicts in my relationships?”

How often do you ask these questions? We all want to be heard–and for others to understand where we’re coming from. . .  But, in order for this to happen, we need to show the other person that we are trying to hear and understand them.  Active listening can help you to connect more effectively with others.   And, knowing how to say what you mean in a way that others can understand will minimize misunderstandings in a relationship.

ACTIVE LISTENING

The process of listening, clarifying, and encouraging the speaker lets the other person know that you are engaged in what they are saying and trying to understand his/her points.

  • Eye Contact – Occasional eye contact can be an important way to communicate to the other person that we are paying attention and that we care.  Otherwise, the speaker may think that we are bored or not listening.  At the same time, there are different cultural standards for eye contact; it can help to take your cues from the other person. Continue reading

The Psychological Consequences of Racism

How Minorities Stay Healthy when Faced with Discrimination

The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who admitted to killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in early 2012, has stirred up a lot of emotions around the nation regarding issues of race, the power of perceptions, and the value of human life. Earlier this month, UCSC students took to the streets in a show of solidarity to protest what many considered a grave injustice. Even President Obama has weighed in to address the profound psychological impact of this case, especially among Black Americans. It has been argued that racism strongly influenced both the targeting of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Since July is Minority Mental Health Month, I would like to acknowledge the impact that experiences of racism have on the mental health of people of color.

There is a growing body of research connecting experiences of racial discrimination with mental health problems. Continue reading