October 28, 2018 | NVC PR | Leave a comment In every team and department at Northwest Vista College, there are always great stories to tell that show faculty and staff going above and beyond. While it’s hard to capture every story, we hope to periodically share in this space some of the major accomplishments or projects that are taking place. Members of the executive team will write about important topics that they feel NVC employees should be made aware of. Let us know about the positive things your area is doing to help students or improve processes by contacting myself or NVC Public Relations. – Dr. Ric Baser, NVC President __________________________________________________________ Jennifer Comedy-Holmes Dean for Student Success As we approach the midterm point in the semester, we often see an increase in stress and anxiety among our students. In the spirit of NVC Touchstones, caring and collaboration, Health Awareness week provided multiple opportunities for our students to gain information, knowledge, and resources to take care of themselves and move forward in a positive, healthy manner. NVC successfully hosted a drumming circle encouraging students to come and “drum away the stress” as well as hosting a Fitness Challenge to encourage staying healthy through physical activity. The NVC Counseling department collaborated with San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, NVC Student Life, Psi Beta, and Psychology Club to present a screening of “The Ripple Effect”, a feature length documentary following mental health advocate Kevin Hines. Kevin is one of only 25 known survivors (out of 1,700 people) to have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. To continue positive health awareness opportunities, NVC Counseling, Workforce, Kinesiology, and Recreation Sports are hosting an NVC Health Fair. The fair will be held on Nov. 8 from 10 am-2 pm outside of Huisache Hall. Vendors will be set up to provide information on personal and general wellness, as well as various services available throughout the city. In addition to these activities and events, we want to remind students that we have a free online mental health/alcohol screening available for students 24/7. Screenings are available for: Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Alcohol Abuse, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This anonymous screening is provided in order to find out whether or not professional consultation would be helpful. (Please note this screening is not for mental health emergencies. In case of emergency, please call 210-223-7233 or dial 911). To find Counseling Services Webpage on the NVC website, search for “Counseling Services” in the search box at the top of your screen. Anxiety and depression are in the top 5 diagnosis addressed by the NVC Wellness Center. For faculty and staff who are interested in more information and/or training about working with students with anxiety and depression, please contact the Wellness center to schedule training. Thank you for continuing to create opportunities for success for our NVC students and for continuing to promote a culture of caring and collaboration through the support of our Wellness activities.