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2nd Annual AV Mental Health Awareness Day & Walk - You Are Enough Foundation

Erick A Garcia You Are Enough Foundation

2nd Annual AV Mental Health Awareness Day & Walk

October 14th 8AM to Noon / Registration starts at 7:30AM

Poncitlan Square 38315 9th Street East Palmdale, CA 93550 

For more info please go to


Wellness Support Groups



Immigrants Rising’s Wellness Support Groups help undocumented people stay grounded and connected to community.



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AVC Walking Group - Let's Get Walking!

For your health and peace of mind

Starting Fall 2023 

Meet us on the walkway between the HUB and south side entrance of the SSV Building. 

10AM sharp on the following Thursday dates:

Thursday, Sept. 7th

Thursday, Sept. 14th

Thursday. Sept. 21st

Thursday, September 28th

Thursday, October 5th

Thursday, October 12th

Thursday, October 19th

Thursday, October 26th

Each walk will be no more than 15 minutes around the campus.

Each week will have a fun walking activity and giveaway! 

Join us and Let's Get Walking!





Free Massage Therapy Appointments Available

Ready to find your balance, relax and renew? 

Student Health is offering a holistic approach to your wellness. 

Free 15-Minute Chair Massage Therapy

Next Date: Tuesday, October 4th

Location:  Student Lounge

Appointments will run every 15-minutes starting at 9:15AM ending at 1:15PM. This is part of the Antelope Valley College healthy campus and wellness support available to students, faculty and staff.  

Email to have a massage voucher issued to you:

                                                            1. Email your request from your AVC email address

                                                            2. Provide your AVC 900# / or your work extension and Department

                                                            3. Include a preferred date and time for an appointment. Only one appointment per person. 

Appointment times will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  Student Health will try to accommodate your appointment time preference.  Walk-in appointments may be available also. 

Massages offered by University of Antelope Valley Massage Therapy Interns

Chair Massage Events - Book today with In Touch Massage CT




Suicide Prevention Week and Month | Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness

National Suicide Prevention Week

Monday, September 11  2:30-3:30PM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Tuesday, September 12  11AM-12PM  Sage Hall Front Entrance 

Wednesday, September 13  12-1PM   Yoshida Hall Front Entrance facing Uhazy Hall

Thursday, September 14  10-11AM  Uhazy Hall Front Entrance 

Join us as we bring education and information about suicide prevention, rising suicide rates, reducing the stigma surrounding suicide and encourage mental health assistance.  


Sexual Health Awareness Month - Health Beat

Sexual Health Awareness Outreach 

Monday, 9/25  2-3PM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Tuesday, 9/26  10-11AM  Yoshida Hall (outside near front entrance)

Wednesday, 9/27  11AM-12PM  Sage Hall (front entrance)

Thursday, 9/28  9-10AM

Join us for educational information and resources.

Family Planning / Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) / Reproductive Health / Sexual Risk Behavior 

Find a Health Center near you.


Menstrual Health Awareness Week

Monday, October 16th  2-3PM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Thursday, October 19th  11AM-12PM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby


The layman's contribution for menstrual health awareness - Niine

Raising awareness about the importance of access to menstrual products, period education, and sanitation facilities.


International Stress Awareness Week, November 7-11 2022 - Community  Services Institute

International Stress Awareness Week

Monday, October 30th  2:30-3:30PM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Tuesday, October 31st  11AM-12PM  Sage Hall (front entrance)

Wednesday, November 1st  12-1PM  Yoshida Hall (West side facing Uhazy Hall)

Thursday, November 2nd 1-2PM  Uhazy Hall (outside entrance of Subway)

Providing education and information; highlighting the ways that stress can affect you and what you can do to manage it before it becomes a problem.


Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 

Free workshops to learn more about living mentally well.

All workshops will be held in the SSV Building - Conference Room 236 with the exception of the first workshop

TUES., August 22nd    12-1:30PM    Substance Use and Mental Wellness *Please note location SSV 177B Conference Room

WED., September 20th   2-3:30PM    Family Violence Prevention 

TUES., October 17th      12-1:30PM   Suicide Prevention

THUR. November 16th     2-3:30PM   Depression Awareness and Recovery

Light refreshments.  No rsvp required. 

We look forward to seeing you!

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Free printable breast cancer awareness poster templates | Canva

Wear Pink every Tuesday in October!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - AVC will Paint the Campus PINK!

Tuesday, October 3        9-10AM               SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Tuesday, October 10      11AM-12PM        Bookstore Hallway

Tuesday, October 17      12-1PM               Uhazy Hall - near Subway

Tuesday, October 24      1-2PM                 Sage Hall - inside front entrance

Stop by for resources, activities and takeaways!


Resources and Links: 

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

African American Women and Breast Cancer

Cancer and Hispanic Americans

Hispanic American men and women generally have lower cancer rates than the non-Hispanic white population. However, disparities still exist in certain types of cancer.

  • From 2014-2018, Hispanic men were 20 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than non-Hispanic white men.
  • Hispanic women are 30 percent less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.
  • Both Hispanic men and women are almost twice as likely to have, and to die from, liver cancer than non-Hispanic whites.
  • Hispanic men and women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer, and twice as likely to die from stomach cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men and women.
  • Hispanic women are 40 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 30 percent more likely to die from cervical cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women.


Age-adjusted percentages of cancer among adults aged 18 and over, 2019
Cancer Hispanic Non-Hispanic White Hispanic / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
All Sites 4.1 12.4 0.3
Breast (women) 1.0 2.0 0.5
Cervical (women) 0.8 1.4 0.6
Prostate (men)  0.7 2.8 0.3

Source: NCHS 2021. National Health Interview Survey. Interactive Summary Health Statistics for Adults – 2019. [Accessed 7/22/2021]


Cancer Facts for Men



Audacy's I'm Listening Mental Health Mix - ~^~ - LISTEN LIVE | Audacy

AVC Listens. We hear you.

Listening Events

Thursday, August 24th 


SSV Welcome Center - Back Entrance

More dates coming Fall 2023!

Please contact Jen Winn for more info!

Stop by, sit for a bit & talk


AVC Listens is a listening group on campus that provides an opportunity for student's to be heard.  During the semester we set up an area with a couple of chairs and some friendly faces with good listening ears for anyone passing by to stop and sit a bit and talk - talk about anything they have on their mind: school, family life, fun things they are looking forward to...etc.


Education & Outreach Committee - NCCC

Please stop by!

Department of Public Health Outreach @ AVC

The CORE Center

Educational resources and information about how to prevent alcohol and drug use, learn more about substance use disorders and addiction and find out where to go for free or lost-cost treatment and services.  

Tuesday, August 15th  10AM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Tuesday, August 29th  12PM  Fine Arts Quad @ The Paint & Plant event


Tarzana Treatment Center & Parents Anonymous Outreach @ AVC


Providing prevention resources on Drug Awareness for substances such as Marijuana, Opioids, Vaping, and Alcohol.  Pick up a Drug Fact sheet, Program  flyers, information on Naloxone/Narcan, campaign initiatives focusing on the safe disposal of medication, and the #FightFentanyl Campaign.

Tuesday, August 15th  10-11:30AM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Wednesday, August 16th  10-11:30AM  SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Tuesday, August 22nd  SSV Welcome Center Lobby



AVC is proud to be a smoke-free campus!


L.A. Quits

 LA Quits 

  • Programs to help you quit
  • Find out if you qualify for free quit smoking patches 
  • Connect with a counselor that can assist with every stage of quitting

You Got This!


The Great American Smokeout

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th    11AM-12:30PM    SSV Welcome Center Lobby

Resources, Activities, Services Information & Community Supports

All available on this day to help you make a plan to quit smoking. Quitting smoking isn't easy, it takes time. Start here. 


Fall Semester 2023

Chair Yoga & Meditation

Sometimes life gets a little hectic.  Stop by for our "drop-in" sessions.

Drop-In sessions every Monday

Aug 14th, Aug 21st, Aug 28th

Sept. 11th, Sept. 18th,Sept. 25th

Oct. 2nd, Oct. 16th, Oct. 23rd, Oct. 30th 

Nov. 6th, Nov. 13th, Nov 20th & Nov. 27th

Join Student Health & Counseling Department

Facilitated by: Dr. De'Nean Coleman-Carew 

in the new SSV Building - 236 Conference Room (2nd floor)

 Make us part of your weekly routine!

Special opportunity drawing!
Winner must be present.


Come as you are, no special attire required.




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Announcing TimelyCare Sessions! Free Virtual Yoga & Meditation Classes for Students

Need some relaxation this summer? Join us for Yoga or Meditation

Curious about guided meditation for relaxation, or interested in improving your yoga practice? Join TimelyMD CaStudentCare every Tuesday at 12:00 CST for Guided Meditation and Thursday at 12 CST for Yoga this summer.

  • Guided Meditation - Guided Meditation (Yoga Nidra) promotes ways to destress, relax and practice mindfulness.
  • Yoga - These 45-minute sessions include breathing techniques, postural alignment and how to be more present to your mind, body and spirit.



Student Health C-O-N-N-E-C-T 

The Science Behind Gratitude

Read the full article:

Student Health Connect Aug. 2

 Mindful Meditations

Getting started:

Student Health Connect Jul 19

Basic Yoga Stretches

Check out these basic yoga stretches

Student Health Connect July 12

Virtual Adventures!  Taking a Mental Break

Student Health Connect July 5

Quick, easy activities to help re-energize, refocus and give your brains a boost.  Here are the links:

3 minute stretch break              

Learn to dance the Macarena

Free printable coloring sheets

Virtual museum tours.  Ever dreamed about visiting Guggenheim Museum in New York or the British Museum in London?  Well sit back and enjoy these wonderful places all from the comforts of your home!   

Take a virtual field trip to zoos, aquariums, farms and even join a safari

Free guided meditations offered by the University of California, Los Angeles


The Happiness Jar:  A Simple Way to Boost Your Mood is Always Welcome

Create a Happiness Jar. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, try being grateful for what you do have.  According to researchers, gratitude is a simple way to boost your mood, and creating a "happiness jar" is a great way to foster gratitude.  On a piece of paper write one good thing that has happened that day for which you are grateful, fold it or roll it up and pop it into the jar.  It can be a simple thing such as a nice meal, good weather , a visit with a friend, or a good night's sleep.  Continue this everyday throughout the year.  At the end of the year you will have plenty of wonderful memories to reflect on. 

Student Health Connect June14

Financial Health - You and Your Money

Three key practices to achieve financial health:

1. Develop a personal budget.  A budget can help you plan for unforeseen expenses, help you save for future goals, and help you prioritize spending and saving. 

2. Start saving early. The sooner you start saving, the easier it is to reach your long-term financial goals. 

3. Recognize Wants vs. Needs. Being mindful of the difference between what you want and what you actually need can help you make better spending choices. 

Student Health Connect June 7th

You & Your Mental Health

Antelope Valley College offers 24/7 medical and mental tele health for students. Click here to get started

To access the 10 Practical Ways to Look After Your Mental Health go to

Student Health Connect May 31

Improving Your Sleep:  Why You Probably Need More Sleep

Sleep powers the mind, restores the body, and fortifies virtually every system in the body.  But how much sleep do we really need in order to get these benefits?

Visit the Sleep Foundation for all-things-sleep and get some much needed Zzzzinformation!

Test Your Sleep Knowledge & Take A Sleep Quiz    

Student Health Connect May 24th


Student Health Services Available for YOU!

Did you know you you are eligible for Vision, Dental, In-person Medical, Tele-Mental Health Counseling and Tele-Medical Services?

All the information you need for health services can be found here

Please email to request a voucher to make an appointment with in-person services with local area providers. (Vision, Dental and In-person Medical Services all require a voucher). 

Tele-Mental Health Counseling and Tele-Medical services can be accessed at TimelyCare.



Resources and Support Links:

AVC ARCHES program

AVC Marauders Basic Needs

Mental Health America

Antelope Valley Partners for Health

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Grief Resources

Coalition to Support Grieving Students

COVID Grief Network

Heal Grief

National Alliance for Grieving Children

Student Health Services & TimelyMD

Grief and Loss Discussion Grief and Loss image

Brought to you by Dr. Stacia Alexander, Caress Adams, CA Students Care and the TimelyMD Team.  To view a recording of this conversation, please click HERE

If you need additional support, CA Students Care is here for you. TalkNow providers are available on-demand 24/7/365 to offer mental health support related to grief, anxiety, relationships and any other troubles you may be experiencing. For more information and frequently asked questions about CA Students Care, visit

Other resources include:


Project Return Peer Support Network Warm Line  The Project Return Peer Support Network Warm Line is a peer-run non-crisis support line where callers can connect with a peer for one-on-one support in a confidential, safe space. 

Los Angeles County's first after-hours telephone line for individuals with mental health challenges and staffed entirely by peers with lived experience.  Peers are available to listen when traditional mental health services are closed. 

The Warm Line is temporarily expanding their hours to extend their services during this time.  Information to connect:

Monday - Friday 2:30 pm - 10:00 pm  &  Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Dial toll-free:

 1-888-448-9777 for English 

 1-888-448-4055 for Spanish 

Want us to call YOU? 

Complete a short form online at to receive a call back from one of our trained peers. 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Motivational Interviewing Training

Ever wonder how you might help someone resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior?

Five Principles of Motivational Interviewing

  • Express empathy through reflective listening.

  • Develop discrepancy between goals or values and their current behavior.

  • Avoid argument and direct confrontation.

  • Adjust to resistance rather than opposing it directly.

  • Support self-efficacy and optimism.

The training can be accessed here:


Mental Health and COVID-19: Caring for Others and Yourself in Times of Change and Uncertainty

Presented by Melissa Reeves, Ph.D, NCSP, LCMHC

Associate Professor, Winthrop University

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In order to view the webinar On Demand you will need to:



Eating Healthy

courtesy of

Antelope Valley Partners for Health

Cooking with Kassah

Please click on the video link to watch Kassah make an amazing meal with ingredients from the farmers market!



roaster pan with a melody of cooked vegetables





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Dr. Joshua Frendenburg "Leading in a Time of Crisis"  Presentation Link

Crisis Text Line Information

Feeling Overwhelmed?  Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 service to people in crisis.  All via text.  In crisis now?  Text 741741.

Visit the Crisis Text Line @



Suicide Prevention Line


Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Resources and Supports 

DMH Covid Outreach