In order for learning to take place in our classrooms and for goals to be accomplished, we need to acknowledge the fact that many of our students face personal and health issues that obstruct their learning. Emotional distress is not a weakness, hiding it is.
The information provided here offers concrete suggestions for helping emotionally distressed students connect with available college and community resources. When you experience student behavior that causes you concern for their well-being, I encourage you to use the suggestions on this website and refer the student to Student Health Services for more support.
Services available for students include individual therapy sessions, classroom presentations, and faculty consultations. Information about appointments and classroom visits can be obtained by calling 562-938-3987 or by visiting the Student Mental Health Services in person.
Kognito is a series of six online, interactive, and research-proven training simulations are designed to educate our faculty, staff, and students about best practices in supporting students who struggle with psychological distress including depression and suicidal ideation, LGBTQ students who are struggling due to harassment or exclusion, and student veterans who are facing challenges in adjusting to college life. Each training takes 30-60 minutes to complete and is structured as a virtual practice environment where users learn by engaging in interactive role-play conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars. The suite is available at no-cost to all California community college faculty, staff, and students.