Announcing TimelyCare Sessions! Free Virtual Yoga & Meditation Classes for Students All Summer Long
Need some relaxation this summer? Join us for Yoga or Meditation
Curious about guided meditation for relaxation, or interested in improving your yoga practice this summer? 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 Summer Series
August 2nd The Science Behind Gratitude
Read the full article: https://www.happify.com/hd/the-science-behind-gratitude/
July 19th Mindful Meditations
Getting started: https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/
July 12th Basic Yoga Stretches
Check out these basic yoga stretches https://www.prevention.com/fitness/workouts/g30417941/best-yoga-stretches/
July 5th Virtual Adventures! Taking a Mental Break
Quick, easy activities to help re-energize, refocus and give your brains a boost. Here are the links:
3 minute stretch break https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayGKw8JFqMo
Learn to dance the Macarena https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLo3SASoZ_E
Free printable coloring sheets https://www.fabercastell.com/pages/coloring-pages-for-adults
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! https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
Take a virtual field trip to zoos, aquariums, farms and even join a safari https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/virtual-field-trips-zoo-aquarium-farm-safari.html
Free guided meditations offered by the University of California, Los Angeles https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations
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.
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.
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 www.avc.edu/connect
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! https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-do-we-need-sleep
Test Your Sleep Knowledge & Take A Sleep Quiz https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/rm-quiz-sleep
May 17th Welcome Back!
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 email@example.com 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 CAStudentCare.
Coalition to Support Grieving Students https://grievingstudents.org/
COVID Grief Network https://www.covidgriefnetwork.org/
Heal Grief www.healgrief.org
National Alliance for Grieving Children www.childrengrieve.org
Student Health Services & TimelyMD
Grief and Loss Discussion
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 www.CAStudents.care
Other resources include:
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Community Resource Center Walk-Up Food Distribution/FREE Food Pantry 2072 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale, CA 93550
Friday, May 28 1-4PM & Friday, June 25 1-4PM
Grocery Bags will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Please follow all COVID protocols: wear a mask and social distancing required! For additional information please visit activehealthyinformed.org or call (213) 438-5558
Virtual C.R.E.A.T.E. Art Show Tuesday, May 25th
Contact Daniel McDaniel for questions @Dcosbymcdaniel@dmh.lacounty.gov
California Wellness Foundation
In 2021, Cal Wellness is piloting a new internship opportunity!
- This paid internship is designed to provide opportunity and exposure to emerging talent from the communities Cal Wellness serves.
- Cal Wellness will be hiring 2 paid interns, starting June 14.
- Interns will be based in a virtual/remote environment.
- Please see the Cal Wellness Internship announcement for details, including the application process.
- Interested candidates should apply by April 23, 2021.
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
1-888-448-9777 for English
1-888-448-4055 for Spanish
Want us to call YOU?
Complete a short form online at http://prpsn.org/support-
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/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.
FREE COVID Testing Information
Free COVID-19 testing will be available on Wednesday, January 6, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
Starting Wednesday, January 6, the tests will be available Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at the fairgrounds located at 2555 West Ave. H Lancaster CA, 93534. Schedule your appointment at covid19.lacounty.gov/
*Other Testing Sites* By appointment only:
- Hammack Activity Center, covid19.lacounty.gov/
- High Desert Regional Health Center, covid19.lacounty.gov/
- Wilsona School District, 888-634-1123 (Wednesday’s only)
- Paving the Way Foundation, 888-634-1123 (Friday’s only)
Testing is currently recommended for people who:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Were asked by LA County Department of Public Health to get a test because of a contact tracing or outbreak investigation.
- Were in “close contact” with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
- Work or live in places such as skilled nursing facilities, group homes, residential care facilities, correctional facilities or homeless shelters.
- Are a person experiencing homelessness.
- Are an essential worker with frequent contacts with the public in the following areas: health care, emergency, food and grocery services, factory workers in food and retail, public transportation, and education.
- Don't have symptoms but believe you may be infected now because you were exposed to people who were sick, were around many people who were not wearing face coverings, and/or were not keeping safe distance in the past 2 weeks.
Covid-19 Testing & Flu Shot Clinic Information
Los Angeles and Kern Counties
COVID Vaccination Information
65+ only at this time
First come first serve. Feel free to email us for more information or to check availability at Leadservant@thegvbc.org
Thursday March 11, 2021
8am - 3pm
The Growing Valley Baptist Church
44818 20th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534
Los Angeles County https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/
Kern County https://kernpublichealth.com/
Health Events & Activities
Health related programs and issues are presented to the students throughout the school year. These programs are offered to educate our students on relevant health issues so they can make informed decisions regarding their health.
Some examples of programs offered are listed, but many of these change from year to year as students’ interest in topics change.
- Blood Drives occur throughout the year
- Information for Mental Health First Aid Training
- Breast Cancer Awareness
- Great American Smoke Out/Lung Cancer Awareness
- Consequences of Tobacco
- National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness
- COVID-19 and Flu Facts
- Sex, Communication and Respect
- Skin Cancer Awareness
- World AIDS Day
- Sexual Responsibility Awareness
- Heart Health
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Finals Relaxation
- Sexual Coercion and Assault
- Sexual Assault Prevention
- Mid-Term Study Jam
- Finals Study Jam
- Mindfulness/Meditation Class
Resources and Support Links:
AVC ARCHES program https://www.avc.edu/studentservices/arches
AVC Marauders Basic Needs https://www.avc.edu/basicneeds
Mental Health America https://www.mhanational.org/
Antelope Valley Partners for Health http://www.avph.org/
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health https://dmh.lacounty.gov/
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
In order to view the webinar On Demand you will need to:
Click on the link provided https://event.webcasts.com/
Register with your AVC email / Log In
Scroll down to the Webinar titled Keynote: Mental Health and COVID-19: Caring for Others and Yourself in Times of Change and Uncertainty
Click View Now
Health Events: Fall 2020
Events will be held virtually in the Fall Semester
What's On Your Mind - a weekly interactive student forum
Mindful Monday Start your week with some positivity! Check out Mindful Monday here.
PrEP Presentation - Learn more about PrEP presented by Bartz Altadonna Community Health Center Thursday, September 10th @ 10AM
CommUNITY Resources - Your community comes together for YOU! Launching Tuesday, September 22nd at https://www.avc.edu/communityfair
Josh Rivedal - From Impossible to I'm Possible: Suicide Prevention CPR Event Tuesday, October 6th 2 PM If you missed Josh's presentation here is the ZOOM link https://cccconfer.zoom.us/rec/share/L0uoM0S4dlb0ITxqj9XTTvnKMSVS7d_YRag6EGesnr8hsuARNye1ZK3LpsWufLws.s15UbOammvWNOCWz
Dr. Joshua Frendenburg "Leading in a Time of Crisis" Presentation Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqnJG8hrqoQ&feature=youtu.be
Art With Impact: Movies for Mental Health Tuesday, Nov. 10th 11:30am - 1pm Presentation Replay Link coming soon!
Mindfulness and Meditation Events:
Please email Dr. De'Nean Coleman-Carew for password to attend via ZOOM at:
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 @ crisistextline.org
Valley Oasis Webinar Series:
October 1, 2020 1 - 2 PM How to Maintain a Healthy and Positive Relationship https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
October 8, 2020 2 - 3 PM Community Discussion on Youth and Law Enforcement https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
October 15, 2020 2 - 3 PM Self-Care During a Pandemic https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
October 22, 2020 2 -3 PM Open Forum Discussion https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Resources and Supports