Mental Health Services consolidate under one roof

Armando Torres-Garcia, Opinion Editor

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Santa Rosa Campus students will have to access Student Psychological Services (SPS) in a different room this semester. SPS has moved to Plover Hall, room 559.

The move merges all mental health programs and services, provided by SRJC’s Student Health Services into one room, giving students easier access to everything from psychological counseling, to drug abuse counseling.

“Student Health Services is still one department, but we are split up into mental and clinical services,” explained health services assistant Lauren Petersen. “Mental health programs are here in Plover; it’s kind of a more discreet and private spot, very peaceful.”

Clinical services will remain in the Race Building.

SPS provides individual psychotherapy, drop-in counseling, group therapy and psychiatric consultation to SRJC students at no cost. This semester, they offer stress and anxiety management groups and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQQI) group therapy.

Student Health Services will also house new Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on campus Tuesdays 12 p.m. to 1p.m. beginning Feb. 1 for anyone with a desire to stop alcohol or drug use.

They will also hold a Healthy Relationships event in Plover Hall Feb. 10 with information tables from Sonoma County’s Rape Crisis, Intervention, Prevention & Counseling Center.

Future events include Mental Health Awareness Week in March, National Alcohol Awareness Day in April and Stress and Sleep Awareness Day in May.

Daily drop-in services are at 2 p.m. and appointments can be made by phone at (707) 524-1595.


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