For The Argo by Claire Stauffer
As the winter and colder months begin to set in, those dealing with seasonal depression should be aware of their resources on campus. The wellness center offers numerous counseling services to help students stay on top of their work while maintaining their mental health.
Trained Psychologists offer short-term individual counseling, as well as several group counseling opportunities on the Galloway campus. The group counseling services are as follows:
Anxiety group with Michael (Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm F122);
Transcendence Support Group with Laura (Fridays 12:30-2:00pm CCM3);
Women’s Support Group with Laura (Fridays 11:00am-12:30pm CCM3);
ACE/ARO/DEMI/GREY Support Group with Laura (Mondays 12:30-2:00pm CCM3);
SMART Recovery/Addictions Group with Michael (Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm F122);
We are Diverse with Lucy (Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm G103);
Invisible Disabilities Group with Lucy (Mondays 4:00-5:00pm G103);
Open Issues walk-in group – Student veterans only with Karen (Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am Veterans Lounge Lower F).
Aside from the helpful support groups offered on campus, there are other events and activities that focus on mindfulness and mental health on campus.
Yoga is known to be very helpful with reducing stress, as well as a useful grounding technique for a variety of mental health concerns. Yoga typically focuses on low-impact exercise and breathing techniques, both of which are proven to relieve symptoms of seasonal depression amongst a variety of different concerns surrounding mental and physical well-being. We are currently offering Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the I-wing gym, from 6:15-7:15pm. These classes, taught by Gina Trava are in progress until December 9, 2021.
Stockton also has a relatively new Meditation Room that opened up in 2014. The meditation room is located in the N-wing building directly before entering the cafeteria. It’s important for students to be aware of these services and activities to help manage mental health during stressful times as a college student, and the responsibilities that surround that.