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    The Wellness Center provides counseling and wellness services that support and assist you in your intellectual, emotional, psychological, and social development while coping with the challenges of college and life stressors. The Wellness Center offers free and confidential counseling in a safe environment where individual and cultural differences are valued and respected. Our services include: short-term individual counseling, crisis intervention, workshops, outreach and referrals to college community resources.

    The following video provides more information about our services:




    The Wellness Center offers:

    Short-Term Counseling
    Discuss personal concerns with a trained mental health professional in a safe and confidential setting. Learn strategies to overcome personal challenges.

    Our counselors help students identifying goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil. Counselors also promote behavior change and optimal mental health by helping students develop coping skills and providing emotional support.
    Group Counseling
    Share experiences, learn perspectives, and experiment with new behaviors in a safe and supportive environment. Counseling groups are facilitated by one or more trained mental health counselors in a small group setting.
    Wellness Workshops
    Participate in workshops that focus on mental, physical and spiritual health. Some workshops that have been offered in the past focus on teaching Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation as an alternative practice for better health and wellness.

    We can help you address the following concerns:

    • Adjustment to College Life
    • Depression
    • Diversity and Cultural Differences
    • Family Difficulties
    • Grief and Loss
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Concerns
    • Recovering from Trauma
    • Relationship Problems
    • Stress and Anxiety

    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
    Office Hours: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Email:  WellnessCenter@lagcc.cuny.edu 

    *In the event that you would like to speak with a counselor after office hours, you can still call us. You will be redirected to NYC Well, which is a hotline for free, confidential support services. NYC Well is a service available 24/7. In addition to telephone services, you can also text NYC Well to receive support. By texting WELL to 65173, you will get a response from a trained counselor.

    Prefer to call?

    Call NYC Well 24/7/365 at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355).

    If you are in danger or need immediate medical attention including having thoughts of harming yourself, please call 911.

    Learn more about the Wellness Center:

  •  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
     Mental Health Screenings

    Ulifeline-your online resource for college mental health
    http://www.ulifeline.org/lagcc/self_evaluator

    Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
    Educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for common behavioral and mental health disorders and suicide.
    http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/hyho

     Mental Health Resources

    The Coalition to Prevent ADHD Medication Misuse
    http://www.cpamm.org/

    Half of Us
    http://www.halfofus.com/videos/

    JED Foundation
    https://www.jedfoundation.org/

    National Association on Mental Illness
    https://www.nami.org/#

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA)
    https://www.samhsa.gov/

    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    https://www.drugabuse.gov/

    National Institute of Mental Health
    https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

    Mental Health Channel
    http://mentalhealthchannel.tv/

  • 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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