The American River Current

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone in this pandemic

The crisis text line is one of the few numbers and websites American River College students can call or visit if they are dealing with mental health issues, and don’t know where to turn during the shelter-in-place order in California. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Zamora)

Brandon Zamora, Sports Editor

April 22, 2020

During this hard time the world is dealing with right now, given the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are struggling just to stay stress-free. Not everyone is able to cope with anxiety by themselves and may need a hand. So, where do students go for help during the shelter-in-place order?  The Cr...

Removing the stigma on therapy

Many students struggle with their mental health or personal difficulties, but have reservations about going to therapy. (Photo illustration by Irene Jacobs)

Irene Jacobs

May 15, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but aside from the occasional social media post telling you that you’re worth it, the whole movement may fall under the radar. There is so little to be seen of people encouraged to seek out help — real, tangible help, not just a grocery list of suicide hotli...

Health Center to offer free therapy to students

Los Rios Community College District is partnering with WellSpace to offer free confidential therapy for staff and students to combat everyday and academic stressors. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Irene Jacobs

April 19, 2019

The life of a student can be a stressful one. When combined with a home life, social life and employment, deadlines and other academic stressors can become overwhelming. However, this semester, American River College’s Health Department is offering options for struggling students. Since early Februa...

Fee brings new affordable health services to Los Rios

Nurse Pam Whipple writes notes after student appointments in one of the consultation rooms in the Health Center at American River College on Dec. 10, 2018. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Hannah Yates

December 12, 2018

On Oct. 22, the Los Rios Community College District announced the implementation of a new mandatory $20 health services fee due at registration each semester across all four colleges, beginning in spring 2019. This fee will fund new and expanded services that will be available to all enrolled students. Th...

Two clubs at ARC come together for a common goal

Kevin Kirby, computer science major and computer programer for NAMI, designs a new website for mental health and community resources in the Design Hub on Oct. 23, 2018 (Photo by Christian Sutton)

Christian Sutton

October 25, 2018

American River College’s National Alliance for Mental Illness chapter joined the Life is Worth the Walk (LWW) club to debut a new website for mental health and community resources at a college hour on October 18. Peg Scott, professor of psychology at ARC and advisor for NAMI on Campus, led the college h...

New website for mental health resources to debut at College Hour

Professor Margaret (Peg) Scott, Eric Bair and Michael Gates listen as the president of NAMI on Campus speaks about planning an upcoming College Hour, in Davies Hall on Oct. 4, 2018. (Photo by Christian Sutton)

Christian Sutton

October 12, 2018

The American Psychological Association reports that as of 2013, 95 percent of college counseling center directors say the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern. The National Alliance for Mental Illness chapter at American River College and the Life is Worth the Wa...

Life is Worth the Walk now under NAMI on Campus ARC

Tina Hardwin, the Club and Events Board representative for NAMI on Campus, looks at beads that represent the loss of a loved one while hosting a table for Welcome Day in the Student Center at American River College on Sept. 13, 2018.

Tracy Holmes

October 9, 2018

On a recent weekday afternoon, students and faculty visited the Student Center at American River College and sat at a table filled with beads meant to represent the loss of different loved ones. The beads were provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sacramento; the group was there...

Professors weigh in on the impact of video games

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Christian Sutton

September 26, 2018

Many college students use video games as an escape from reality. But, sometimes that escape can turn tragic. When David Katz shot and killed two people, wounded 10 others and killed himself at a "Madden NFL" tournament on Aug. 26, 2018, that escape ended in a violent extreme. With every mass shoo...

Suicide is not the answer, prevention is possible

September is mental health awareness  month. (File photo)

Lily Rodriguez Drake

September 30, 2017

September was National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which carried  a goal of informing and familiarizing the public about statistics, preventative care and how to conduct effective discussions regarding mental health. Ironically, September is merely the cusp at which most people experience depressiv...

Life coach to host series on stress, nutrition at ARC

Life coach Barbie Paget lead her audience in a breathing exercise during her stress management workshop on April 27.  (File photo)

Justina Sharp

November 14, 2016

Certified life coach and nutrition specialist Barbie Paget will be returning to American River College to host a series of workshops centering around stress management, nutrition and handling change on Nov. 15 and 16 in Community Rooms 1 and 2. The series is split into three workshops, presented twice on eac...

Life is Worth the Walk brings mental health awareness to ARC

American River College students support Life is Worth the Walk by making bracelets to support the wellness in the  Cafeteria on Oct. 20. (Photo by Cierra Quintana)

Shiavon Chatman

October 21, 2016

Life is Worth the Walk held an event at American River College on Thursday to support mental, physical and spiritual wellness. “We started to raise awareness for suicide prevention and bullying prevention,” said Cindy Marks, co-founder of Life is Worth the Walk. Life is Worth the Walk is an...

Opinion: ARC students discuss mental health stigmas in black community

Seeking assistance for mental health problems can start with something as simple as picking up a brochure at ARC's health clinic. (Photo by Shiavon Chatman)

Shiavon Chatman

October 6, 2016

There are a few taboo topics usually avoided at all costs in conversation, including sex, politics, religion, and mental health.   Especially in the black community, mental health is something that is hardly ever addressed. Rapper and actor Kid Cudi recently admitted himself to rehab to treat his depressio...

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