Sunday, July 27, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Students’ stories help overcome stigma of seeking mental health help

By
From page A4 | April 23, 2014 |

Help is available

At UC Davis, Counseling Services offers confidential and free assessment, intervention and referral services for students, and consultation and crisis response for faculty, staff, students and parents. Student Health and Counseling Services provides urgent care for medical and mental health needs.

After-hours, students can receive counseling consultations by phone at 530-752-0871 or talk to an advice nurse at 530-752-2300.

The former president of the student body at UC Davis says it clearly: Sometimes we all need some help.

Carly Sandstrom, her fellow students and others are sharing their personal stories as the campus launches a major Web-based initiative to encourage students to feel comfortable talking about mental health and seeking help.

Each Aggie Matters, to be launched at a campus event Thursday, is part of a larger $600,000 campus project and a statewide effort — both supported by the California Mental Health Services Authority and the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63).

Sandstrom, a double major in international relations and economics, watched her mother struggle with mental health issues and found herself overwhelmed as leader of the Associated Students at UCD.

“What I have learned, and what I hope others learn, is that if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t care for others,” the senior said. “It’s OK to seek help. It does not make you weak. It makes you stronger.”

Zach Ward, a counseling psychologist with Student Health and Counseling Services at UCD, said the college years can be especially challenging.

“Students are adjusting to the academic demands of their classes, the social opportunities, and the preparation for their professional careers — all while continuing to develop their sense of self, their sense of community and their sense of what they want for their futures,” Ward said.

Vulnerable age

Research shows that half of all mental illness starts by age 14, and three-quarters start by age 24. But too much time goes by before young people get help — an average of six to eight years after the onset of mood disorder symptoms and nine to 23 years for anxiety disorder symptoms.

Stigma, according to a report of the U.S. surgeon general, is one of the biggest barriers to seeking help. And one of the most powerful tools for breaking down that barrier, Ward said, can be students sharing their own experiences and helping to create a campus community of affirmation and support.

Speaking at the celebration event will be human development major Amanda Lipp, who serves on the board of the California National Alliance on Mental Illness and hopes to help others overcome adversity like she faced in childhood.

Her story includes an intense struggle during her freshman year at another university and a three-month stay in a psychiatric facility.

Lipp, who expects to graduate in June, said she doesn’t regret what happened to her that year.

“It gave me the chance to face my fears, to face my adversity, to face my story and to further understand what had caused my behavior,” she said. (Watch a three-minute video of Lipp’s story at www.eachmindmatters.org/portfolio/amandas-story).

Guests will be invited to write for the website their pledges to be an advocate for themselves, their friends andor their community and to answer on large chalkboards what mental health means to them.

Larger project

The Each Aggie Matters website itself invites students to share their stories and members of the campus community to write pledges. It also includes information on mental-health related topics — from the symptoms of depression to dealing with eating disorders — and campus and community resources.

The project is part of a larger Student Mental Health Initiative at UCD, which is supported by a three-year grant of more than $617,000 and is itself part of a UC systemwide mental health initiative.

In December, the UCD initiative launched Just in Case, a mobile-friendly website that helps students assess their own feelings and behaviors, provides tools for how to help a friend in need and guides students to campus and community resources.

The UCD initiative is also providing:

* Presentations on recognizing and responding to students in distress;

* Printed guides to help faculty and staff assist students in need of mental health support;
* Enhancement of peer support and peer education programs; and
* More training for the counseling staff.

— UC Davis News

Comments

comments

Julia Ann Easley

.

News

Zombies by rail: It’s not just a show, it’s a trip

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Fatal Covell Boulevard crash recalled in court

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

Humphrey Fellows will host Global Forum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Community gardens stretch food dollars, study finds

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
State can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Rairdan joins race for Davis school board

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Israel extends Gaza truce through Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

New ordinance aims to prevent nut thefts from orchards

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

 
Biggest book sale to date opens Friday at Davis library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Luna family matriarch turns 100

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
 
Discussion of oil by rail EIR planned Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Mace Innovation Center is focus of meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Freeway crash injures two drivers

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5

Museum wants your old Davis High School yearbooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Affordable housing forum planned in Davis

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Protesters gather at Primate Center

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8

 
State awards $40,000 for historic property survey

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A8

Free blood pressure screenings offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Vanguard hosts economic development director

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Get a sneak peek at documentary trailer

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Davis Chamber Choir sings short summer program

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9

Tasting event benefits Yolo Land Trust

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A9

 
At the Pond: From Davis, it’s easy to get back to nature

By Jean Jackman | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Tickets on sale now for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Forum

Feels like a million miles away

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A7

 
Here’s what you need for a perfect wedding

By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

 
Check doctors’ vitals before they check yours

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Husband’s let himself go

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A14

 
Questions on water rights

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

Campus turns on the tap

By Our View | From Page: A16

 
So, what’s in a week’s worth of waste?

By Michelle Millet | From Page: A16

Pat Oliphant cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A16

 
Golf tourney was a big success

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16

We can do more to help

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

 
New playground is wonderful

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

Just Us in Davis: Little Rock Nine hero to celebrate with Davis youths

By Jann L. Murray-Garcia | From Page: A17 | Gallery

 
.

Sports

Sutherland presents 1st clinic; golf column on its way

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
New Korematsu teacher is an American Ninja Warrior

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Gray wins 6th straight, A’s 4 HRs beat Texas 5-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Kershaw throws 2-hitter as Dodgers beat Giants 5-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Nibali set to cruise to Tour victory

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Area sports briefs: River Cats take Game 1 of doubleheader

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Companies will collaborate on crop insect control

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A13

 
Developer’s commitments: affordable and green

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13 | Gallery

Lagerstrom represents Davis at Mary Kay seminar

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

 
UC Davis Health System earns ‘Most Wired’ award

By Charles Casey | From Page: A15

Bartholomew hires new associate

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A15

Go back to school with Great Clips

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
.

Obituaries

Carlton Hope Meister

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Jonathan Eric Hollander

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A6