SRJC PEERS Coalition hosts Well-Being Wednesday


The SRJC Student Health Services continues to provide support for those struggling psychologically during remote instruction.

Jonathan Bigall, Editor

The Santa Rosa Junior College PEERS Coalition will be holding “Well-Being Wednesday,” a themed mental health discussion and workshop on the 2nd Wednesday of each month this Spring semester.

The first of these workshops was held on Feb. 10 with self-love and care as the central theme.

Hosting the event was SRJC PEERS Supervisor Jeane Erlenborn, joined by SRJC students Milton Contreras-Medina, Jocelyn Toscano, Maria Arreguin and Sameer Shah.

Contreras-Medina, a 22-year-old pre-med biology major, began the discussion with a focus on Valentine’s Day and how it can be a joyous holiday for some, but for others it can be mentally taxing regardless of whether they are in a relationship or not.

“We should be aware of the fact that Valentine’s Day tends to also bring negative side effects mentally, that can be for example, stress, anxiety, pressure,” Contreras-Medina said.

While Valentine’s Day was a major point of discussion, the event concluded with Contreras-Medina asking the audience to say three things they love about themselves to stress the importance of self-love.

According to Toscano, a 21-year-old nursing major, the idea for Well-Being Wednesday came from Shah, 21, another nursing student, as a response to students not being able to communicate with their instructors in-person during the Fall 2020 semester, in another Student Health Services event called, “Tuesday Tea-Time.”

Erlenborn expressed the importance of events like Well-Being Wednesday, especially with the psychological stress the COVID-19 pandemic presents.

“We know students are struggling with depression, anxiety and isolation and even if not a lot of students come, every time we have had really good conversations,” Erlenborn said.

Well-Being Wednesdays will be held with a different theme every 2nd Tuesday of the month this Spring semester with the next meeting being held on March 10.

Students can go to or call (707)527-4445 for more Student Health Services resources.