Health Center offers safe haven for students

Yahaira Garcia
March 6, 2008
Filed under Features

Open doors and sealed lips are what the Student Health Center offers.

Located by the pool, the small building that is often ignored offers a wide variety of services and help available to all students who are willing to pay nothing and sit in a waiting room for no more than five minutes.

By law, medical records are to be kept confidential.

Workshops are offered at least once a month, all covering different topics such as dealing with depression, anxiety and anger management.

“Every semester, we offer workshops based on what students need, according to professors and staff suggestions and according to their observations and relationships with students,” Debbe Conover, Student Health Center coordinator, said.

Students deal with many issues throughout their college lives; the most common seem to be depression, anxiety, anger management and relationships.

“I don’t suffer from anxiety, but I’ve dealt with depression for about four years; it all started going downhill at the end of my junior year in high school,” Chelsea Tredale, history major, said. “I got a counselor at the end of high school, and got medication my sophomore year in college.”

There are plenty of upcoming workshops for students seeking help with any of their various mental and stress-related issues,

The Student Health Center will have workshops about anger management today at 2 p.m., April 3 at 3 p.m., May 1 at 1 p.m. and May 22 at 4 p.m.

“We are sheltered until we are like 17 and then all of the sudden, Bam! School, family, personal issues, jobs and money hit you,” Anastasia Sassen, communications major, said.”It’s really hard to find a good therapist. A lot of them tell you the same thing, but I’m going to give it a shot and go to the Student Health Center.”

There will be a workshop about understanding depression on Monday at 3 p.m. and a workshop that will deal with building long-term relationships on March 18 and 25 at noon.

Workshops are about an hour long; two clinical psychologists will present material that will hopefully help students dealing with problems.

Sometimes, the psychologists will suggest that students come into the Student Health Center for further guidance.

“Healthy students make for healthy faculty, and both lead to graduation,” Conover said.

The Student Health Center opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday.

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