PCC’s Personal Counseling embraces next phase of student support

This story has been updated to accurately reflect statements made by Jason Vasquez. Zoom fatigue—it’s the idea that the sudden shift to virtual conferences has a more taxing toll on one’s mental health than in-person meetings. Home offices and bedrooms have been converted to makeshift workspaces, blurring the boundaries between work and personal life. As California moves into its ninth week in quarantine, the shock of the transitional period is weaning off for some. However, PCC’s Personal Counseling department is prepared for the emotional effects …

PCC organizations fight to de-stigmatize mental health

In light of the student suicide last semester, and amidst stigmatized conversations about mental health following the recent school shootings, Associated Students and Student Health services collaborated last week on the second Mental Health Awareness week of the school year. The events included showings of Pixar’s “Inside Out” and the documentary film “A New State of Mind,” as well as a mindfulness workshop that was held in the Circadian. “It’s very important that we let those students know what can be done to help them …

Recent campus suicide inspires Mental Health Awareness week

Associated Students promoted Mental Health Awareness week at Pasadena City College from Tuesday through Thursday, with activities including informative self-care workshops, peer talks and suicide prevention training. This October, a former student committed suicide on campus. The death sparked a healthy conversation on mental health and has prompted the college to publicize the mental health services offered for students. “It is important to bring awareness to mental health with the recent suicide,” said Associated Students Vice President of Public Relations Natalie Lau. “We think it’s …