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Mental health during the pandemic

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

May 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused everyone to stay within their homes unless of an absolutely necessity.  Everyone deals with stressful situations differently, but some of those tactics could be unhealthy for one’s mental health. The protocol for social distancing and the shelter-in-place order were the large reasons for an increase in people dealing with depres...

Op-ed: How to cope with mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dunia Cantu, Reporter

April 2, 2020

Being stuck in quarantine isn’t as ideal as it seems, especially if you suffer from mental illness. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and I haven’t had an attack in so long, but being in quarantine caused a trigger.  Work and school kept me busy. Now that I don’t have either of those, what do I do now? At first, it was hard to control myself, but I foun...

BC daily update

Mariah Arviso, Reporter

March 23, 2020

Bakersfield College President, Sonya Christian, held a panel on March 23. The panel included students that expressed their positivity and difficulties during the online transition.  The panel consisted of BC students Josiah Diaz, Robin Van Dyke, Catherine Johnston, and Student Body President Samantha Pulido. The students each expressed their concerns about using zoom a...

BC offers free mental health screening

Dunia Cantu, Reporter

February 21, 2020

The Office of Student Life in collaboration with the Student Health and Wellness Center held free mental health screenings for Bakersfield College students on Feb. 19. “We are encouraging it because mental health is something that is often overlooked. There is kind of no representation of anxiety and depression, that is often not recognized or nothing is done until things...

NAMIWalks: Mental health awareness and fundraising event comes to Bakersfield

Isabel Enciso, Reporter

October 18, 2019

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) celebrated 17 years of NAMIWalks on Oct. 12 at Beach Park. NAMI is one of the nation’s largest grassroot mental health organization that is dedicated to helping millions of Americans who are affected by mental illness. NAMI help family members who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder,...

All about the myths surrounding mental illness

Paige Atkison

Paige Atkison, Reporter

September 20, 2019

Myth: Mental Health issues are uncommon The reality is mental health issues and mental illness are incredibly common. According to the U.S. Department of H...

Smashing the stigma

Paige Atkison

Paige Atkison, Senior Digital Editor

September 6, 2019

The stigma surrounding mental illness can be suffocating. It stifles conversation and breeds prejudice and discrimination. People with mental illnesses...

Op-ed: Daily life with mental illness

Jocelyn Sandusky, Reporter

September 6, 2019

It is 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes before I have to start getting ready for work, and I am sitting on my bathroom floor, crying hysterically. I am desperately trying to do my deep breathing techniques to calm my anxiety, but it seems impossible because it feels like my throat is closing shut. I cannot breathe, and I am starting to hyperventilate. My heart begins to race, and I am...

Mental health workshops provided for students at no cost

Stacie Norris, Reporter

March 25, 2019

Bakersfield College is now offering workshops in the mental health field to all current BC students free of charge. These workshops, also known as Educate, Equip, Empower (or E3) will continue for the remainder of March and are facilitated by Natalia Hatley and Anabel Jimenez. Currently both women are attending California State University Bakersfield and are soon to graduate...

BCSGA members discuss resolutions and this year’s elections

The Bakersfield College Student Government Association held a town hall meeting in Levinson Hall where students were given the opportunity to talk to their representatives about their concerns and ideas for BC.

Bryana Lozoya, Digital Editor

March 25, 2019

Current representatives for the Bakersfield College Student Government Association (BCSGA) held a town hall on March 21 at Levinson Hall where students...

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Resources

Christina Benavides, Copy Editor

May 9, 2018

There are many resources for suicide prevention, and one of my newest findings are crisis hotlines that are online or through text. I believe this way...

Society’s influence

Christina Benavides

Christina Benavides, Copy Editor

April 16, 2018

There are many ways that society has heavily influenced people that are dealing with mental health issues, and it may be for the worse. One of the negative...

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