Active Minds helps students de-stress at ‘Final Survival’ event

Posted: May 31, 2015 | Written by Ariel Schiller

The Associated Students of Riverside City College hosted a final survival event on May 15. The goal of the event was to help students de-stress while preparing for finals in fun and creative ways.

For many RCC students like Emily Andrews, finals week can be daunting and very stressful. She recommends taking breaks in between study sessions and to find a nice quiet place to study.

Active Minds, a RCC club that wants to change the conversation about mental health, helped students prepare for finals. RCC students Marisol Rosales and Cynthia Vega were at the final survival event, to represent Active Minds at an art therapy booth where students could draw and make their own stress balls.

“A lot of people are confused and see it as a stigma, we want to reduce that stigma,” said Rosales

Active Minds also encourages students to utilize the psychological services available to them if they need help or would like more information on mental health.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and RCC recognized this by hosting events that promote discussion about mental health.  Active Minds held a movie screening of the movie “Silver Linings Playbook” on May 27, which included a brief presentation on mental health. Active Minds was also on hand for Wellness Week May 26 through May 29.