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    At the Wellness Center,
    we know that a vital part of your academic success is your emotional well-being. It can be extremely difficult to focus on your goals, even simple tasks or activities, when you are feeling stressed, anxious, angry or depressed. 




    What is Wellness?

    Wellness is how healthy you feel and how well you are able to meet your daily obligations. The road to wellness begins with becoming more aware of your present condition, and then making the conscious decision to change the way you live.

    How we can help you 

    We want to provide you with the guidance, information, resources and support needed to make college life more manageable and successful. Our counselors are available to help you overcome personal, social and academic issues in a safe and confidential environment.


    Short-Term Individual Counseling
    Counselors help students gain a deeper understanding of the sources of their difficulties. Students learn how to develop plans for action that can be applied to improve their daily life.
    Support Groups
    Students who share a common identity or concern discuss their experiences in a small group setting. They work to facilitate personal growth by exploring personal issues and learning interpersonal skills. 
    A.S.S.I.S.T (Academic and Social Student Integration for Success Team)
    Peer mentors and coaches help students with social anxiety or who have been diagnosed with Autism and/or Asperger's syndrome. 
    Crisis Intervention
    Counselors offer support and resources to students who may have issues that require immediate attention. 
    Wellness Workshops
    Counselors teach students skills and techniques on how to deal with everyday stress, depression and other personal issues to help balance academic, personal and work goals. 
    Project Weekly Wellness
    Program that will address and enhance the mental, physical, and spiritual health and wellness of LGBTQA students at LaGuardia.

    Counseling services are provided by licensed professional counselors.


    Are you dealing with...?

    • Adjustment to College Life?
    • Alcohol/Drug Abuse and Addictions
    • Depression
    • Diversity and Cultural Differences
    • Domestic Violence Issues
    • Eating and Body Image Concerns
    • Family Difficulties
    • Financial Stressors
    • Friendship Problems
    • Grief and Loss
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Queer Concerns (LGBTQ)
    • Recovering from Trauma
    • Relationship Problems
    • Self-Awareness/Self-Care
    • Stress and Anxiety
    • Suicide Issues


    How to Reach Us

    Whatever your circumstances, let’s talk! We are here to help and support you. If you are experiencing any issues or want to speak with someone, we encourage you to visit The Wellness Center.  

    To schedule an appointment, or for more information about our services, please contact our office: 

    The Wellness Center

    Location: Room C-249
    Phone: 718-482-5471
    *After office hours you can still call us and you will be redirected to the ProtoCall hotline for free, confidential, multilingual crisis support services.
    Email:  WellnessCenter@lagcc.cuny.edu 

    Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday from 9 AM to 7 PM 
    Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM


    *If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, including having thoughts of harming yourself, 
    please call Public Safety at ext.5555, 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. 
    If you need non-emergency assistance, please contact The Wellness Center at ext. 5471.

    Learn more about the Wellness Center:

  •  Wellness Lounge

    Get your dose of Wellness with the following tools and resources. 


    Sound Therapy

    Sound and music has the therapeutic power to transform consciousness and improve well-being. Take some time to relax and enjoy these calming melodies.

    Guided Imagery  Concentration


     Relaxation  


    Sleep Aid   


    Healthy Living

    Healthy living is more than simple daily habits, it's a lifestyle. Learn how to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

    • The New York Open Center offers holistic learning, personal development, professional advancement and enrichment services.
    • Omega provides tools for the art of living, and motivation to cultivate greater health, joy, and peace at home and in the world. 
    • The Huffington Post Healthy Living provides health and fitness articles to help you live a healthier, happier and more active lifestyle.
    • Well blog by Tara Parker-Pope gives health reports on medical science, nutrition, fitness and family health.


    Suggested Reading:

    • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle 
    • A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

    Yoga and Meditation

    A relaxed and clear mind can help you manage anxiety and react to stressful situations more peaceably. Learn how to use mindfulness exercises to take charge of your thoughts, emotions and the way you deal with problems. 

    • Yoga Journal shares yoga exercises how-tos, practice videos, meditation tricks, healthy lifestyle tips and more.
    • Psychology Today provides information on relationships, mental health education, and work related issues from top experts in the field. 
    • Insight Meditation Society offers a range of silent meditation techniques and courses to develop freedom of the mind and heart.
    • Mindful Awareness Podcasts are in introduction to mindful meditation techniques that you can practice on your own.
    • Meditation Oasis provides simple guided meditations with music to help you relax into the natural flow of life.


    Suggested reading: 

    • Yoga and Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
    • 10% Happier by Dan Harris
    • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Insight Meditation: A Step By Step Course on How to Meditate by Joseph Goldstein
    • The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson


    Coping with Anxiety

    Everyone has feelings of anxiety, nervousness, tension, and stress from time to time. Learn healthy ways to cope with anxiety.


    Suggested reading:

    • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D


    Coping with Depression

    While sadness is a normal human emotion that comes and goes and is usually caused by certain events, depression is a constant feeling of sadness and hopelessness. Explore different techniques to offset depression and increase your happiness. 


     Depression & Suicide Prevention

    Depression is a condition that affects people of all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations. Contrary to what many people believe, a person with depression cannot “get over it” or “snap out of it” any more than someone with a medical problem can get out of an illness. When someone is depressed, he or she typically feels sadness that lasts longer than a few days or weeks

    Like other conditions, depression can be treated. If you or someone you know has been struggling with depression or thoughts of hurting themselves, please contact the Wellness Center to discuss your concerns with a counselor.

    We’re here to help.


    What does depression look like?

    • Reports feeling very depressed
    • Talks about wanting to commit suicide
    • Experiences anxiety and/or stress
    • Is focused on death and dying
    • Writes poems, letters or stories about death and/or suicide
    • Experiences feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
    • Starts giving away possessions
    • Withdraws from friends and activities he or she once enjoyed
    • Prepares for death by making out a will
    • Says things like, “ I, don’t deserve to be here” “I wish I was dead” “I am going to kill myself”, or “I want to die”
    • Increases use of alcohol and/or other drugs
    • Engages in reckless behavior


    Suicide Prevention Tips

    1. Don’t allow them to suffer in silence. Seek support from others
    2. Listen and accept the others person’s feelings. Try not to judge or argue
    3. Be direct and listen. Don’t act shocked by their plans
    4. Never dare someone to kill themselves
    5. Offer to go with the person to seek help from his or her parents, a Wellness counselor or other source of support


    Did you know?

    • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among college-aged students ranging from 18-21 years old. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) college students are one of the groups at highest risk for suicide, as they are at two to three times greater risk of attempting suicide as compared to their heterosexual peers
    • Latina college-aged women report some of the highest rates of depression and Latino men under 25 are at an increased risk for committing suicide
    • African-American college –age men, in particular, have shown a significant increase in suicide, with rates more than doubling in recent years
    • Suicide Rates of Asian-American college-age students are among the highest of their peers, underlining the need for suicide awareness, outreach, and prevention efforts within the Asian-American community
    • Within the college community, there is a higher rate of depression and suicide among Muslim students. Muslim students who feel depressed or suicidal may be reluctant to seek help for fear of stigmatization
    • Students with physical disabilities make up approximately 5 percent of the college population, yet their specific risk factors are often overlooked

     Personal Wellness: Campus Resources


    8 dimensions of wellness

    The way to achieve wellness is through making proactive, healthy choices. The key component to wellness is how you balance your emotional, academic, physical, financial, professional, social, environmental and spiritual lives. All of these work together to help you achieve success as a student. The following resources will help you develop your personal wellness.

    Emotional         

    Emotional wellness is the ability to cope effectively with life experiences and appreciate both positive and negative feelings. This includes promoting self-care, a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong self-image, and creating satisfying relationships. 

    Intellectual (Academic)

    Intellectual (Academic) wellness is engaging in creative and stimulating mental activities that promote lifelong learning. Using the resources available to expand your knowledge, improve skills, and increase your potential.


    Physical

    Physical wellness is the ability to apply knowledge, motivation, commitment, behavior, self-management, attitude, and skills toward achieving personal fitness and health goals. This includes recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleep.

    Financial

    Financial wellness is having a clear understanding of your financial situation and having the ability to manage money and live within your financial means.

    Occupational

    Occupational wellness is personal satisfaction and professional enrichment through work. This includes choosing a role that is both stimulating and inherently rewarding, as well as one that is consistent with your beliefs, goals, lifestyle, personality and values. 

    Social

    Social wellness is the ability to develop a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. A socially well person has a network of friends and family to they can turn to for support, validation and to share life experiences. These relationships are based on interdependence (rather than codependence), mutual trust and respect, equity of power and cultural competence.

    Environmental        

    Environmental wellness is the ability to develop healthy relationships, the ability to interact with others effectively, the ability to adapt to various social situations, and life challenges in your educational, personal, and professional environment. This includes good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support your well-being.

    Spiritual

    Spiritual wellness is developing a sense of purpose and meaning to life.  This is accomplished by learning to experience healthy relationships that incorporate love, joy, and fulfillment.

     

     Crisis Help: Community Resources

    Listed below are useful online and community resources that offer mental health and wellness services. Visit the Wellness Center (Room C249) for referrals and additional information. 


    • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, call 311

    • Lifenet 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, (800) 543-3638 (800-LIFENET)
      LifeNet is New York City's free, confidential crisis, information and referral hotline for anyone seeking help for mental health and/or substance abuse issues, available 24 hours a day/7 days a week LifeNet is staffed by trained mental health professionals who can help assess your situation and provide you with appropriate referrals.
    • National Suicide Prevention- ULifeline, (800) 273-TALK (8255)
      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. 

    • Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline, (800) 621-HOPE (4673)
      Safe Horizon’s hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The calls are free, and counselors are able to help you no matter what language you speak. Counselors provide crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with finding shelter, referrals to Safe Horizon programs or other organizations, advocacy with the police, and other crucial services.

    • Adult Protective Services (APS) Referral Hotline, (212) 630-1853
      APS is a program that arranges for services and support for physically and/or mentally impaired adults who are at risk of harm. Prospective clients may be referred by anyone. When making a referral to the APS Central Intake Unit, be prepared with the following information, which will enable APS to determine eligibility.    

    • Name, address and phone number of person referred
    • Names of family or other contact persons
    • Identification of the risk factor(s) that are present


     Wellness Newsletter
  • Wellness Staff

    Frank LaTerra-Bellino
    Frank LaTerra-Bellino 
    ELA Advising Team
    flaterra-bellino@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    718-482-5078  
    Jean Buckley-Lockhart
    Jean Buckley-Lockhart
    Allied Health Advising Team
    jeanb@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5258
    LuAnn Butironi
    LuAnn Butironi
    Social Science Advising Team
    luannb@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5234
    Stacy Chen
    Stacy Chen
    Liberal Arts/English Advising Team
    stchen@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5471
    Shanté Colston
    Shanté Colston
    Humanities Advising Team
    scolston@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    (718) 730-7593
    David Croft
    David Croft-Ogawa
    Business Advising Team
    dcroft@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-6009
    Matthew S. Joffe
    Matthew S. Joffe 
    Outreach and Education 
    matthewj@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    718-482-5278
    Ana Mora
    Ana Mora
    STEM Advising Team
    anam@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5263
    Regina Varin-Mignano
    Regina Varin-Mignano
    Health & Wellness Education and
    Grant Development Manager
    Principal investigator of the
    LaGuardia A.S.S.I.S.T. Program
    rvarin-mignano@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5286
    Marissa Tolero
    Marissa Tolero
    Intake Coordinator
    mtolero@lagcc.cuny.edu 
    718-482-5471
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