By Yera Nanan |Staff Writer|
The Student Health Center (HC) is a popular destination for students looking to improve their health with services such as counseling, workshops, group and individual therapy and doctor visits.
The facility also has a pharmacy that sells over the counter medications and fills prescriptions for an affordable price.
“We don’t make a profit…it’s way cheaper, a couple of dollars for a bottle of Advil,” said Health Educator, Tess Webster-Henry.
The health center has a full and accredited staff of doctors and nurses that help with things such as, sport physicals to X-ray, or lab services.
“It’s just basic care like a cough, cold and flu,” said office clerk Lisa A Graham.
Though the health center cannot help with major injuries or illnesses, they would be more than happy to refer you to other hospitals and specialists in the surrounding area.
Students can even qualify for Family Pact which provides free condoms, birth control and even reproductive health screenings. These all look to promote safe sex across campus.
Counseling and Psychological Services offer crisis, individual, group and even couples therapy. These sessions advocate the social and emotional well-being of participants.
Counseling and health-related issues involving the health center must be made by appointment only or going online or call the front desk at (909) 537-3295.
The Student Health Center also provides immunizations against diseases like Hepatitis B, Measles or Rubella and even rare cases of Meningitis at an affordable cost.
One important thing to note before receiving this type of service is you will be required to have immunization documentation. This information can not be emailed because of Federal Regulations but must be hand delivered, mailed or faxed.
The health center features group therapy options this fall during the weekdays.
Monday’s feature a women’s group to assist with different issues for women. There is also an encouragement session that looks to help people be comfortable with themselves.
Tuesday’s have a meditation group to reduce anxiety. Later on, there’s a cultural group session that provides a safe-zone and is aimed toward international students.
On Wednesday’s there is a therapy group that helps overcoming and coping with anxiety. There’s even recovery therapy ranging from addiction to codependency at the lower commons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Every Thursday’s students can attend an “Understanding Self and Others” group session that helps to find one’s self-identity and studying others.
Friday’s are packed with group sessions with a Veterans Support Group and a men’s group running simultaneously. There is also a therapy option that focuses on adults that were molested as children.
Meditation also takes place Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Counseling and Psychological Services.
The success and attendance for group sessions have been great this fall quarter as well.
“We only have space for about 40 people and we have maxed out every time…we do an evaluation and almost all of the presenters get perfect scores,” continued Webster-Henry.
There are two events coming up this month, an overcoming anxiety workshop on Nov.8 and a relaxation workshop on Nov.16.
Both of these events will be in the Lower Commons, Panorama Room, they seek to relieve stress and improve student life.
“Our big event is Pet Away Worries and Stress and that’s going to be on Nov.30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” added Webster-Henry.
This event will be held in the SMSU and will feature therapy dogs and chair massages.
Finals are slowly but surely creeping up on us as we now find ourselves in the month of November, with this event happening right before then, it will surely help to put you at ease before your finals.