Resources for College Students in These Challenging Times

Greetings SRJC students,

This year brings remote classes, power outages, fires, air quality issues, intensity around the fight for racial justice and national elections, and COVID; there are lots of stressors surrounding us all. We want to let you know that we are here for you. Student Health Services is offering remote appointments with our therapists and nurse practitioners for all students. Call 707-527-4445 or email studenthealthservices@santarosa.edu to schedule an appointment. Let us help ease your worries, connect you to resources, and support your mental and physical health.

If you are looking for a vaccine, there is a California state link where you can sign up to be notified when it is your turn. Sonoma County also has a link with locations and information.

If you are struggling to cope, please considering calling us to talk during business hours. Additional resources include:

  • Disaster Distress Hotline: Available 24/7 to talk or text in English or Spanish to someone about dealing with fires and/or covid: call or text 800-985-5990. 

Many people are isolated. Some are in difficult living situations. Some have Zoom fatigue. Some people are experiencing anxiety or depression for the first time; others already have been coping with mental health challenges and are feeling it more intensely. One positive is that people are talking more opening about mental health. Michelle Obama and others are helping break the stigma and encouraging all to speak up and ask for help if needed.

Recent surveys have also found that college students are reporting higher levels of suicidal thinking and distress. Both crisis hotlines and “warm lines” (for those not in crisis but just needing to talk to someone in the moment) are available:

 

Suicide Crisis Lines:  

* Northbay Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-855-587-6373

·  National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Support offered in Spanish, for deaf and hard of hearing, & Veterans

·  Crisis Text Line: Text “courage” to 741741

·  Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: text STEVE to 741741

·  The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline) 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678

·  Transgender Suicide Hotline (877) 565-8860, guaranteed open 7am-1am, sometimes other hours

 

Warm Lines (not for crisis, needing someone to talk with):

·  NAMI Warm Line (866) 960-6264 – not crisis, but people to listen, avail M-F 9-5 

·  CA Peer-run Warm Line (855) 845-7415 – not crisis, 24/7, Internet Chat 

·  Covid-19 Warm Line (707) 565-2652 - non crisis, 10am-7pm, English/Spanish, 7 days 

 

Domestic Violence and Substance Use:

·  Domestic Violence Hotline (Sonoma County): 707-546-1234

·  National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800 799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 866-331-9474

·  Alcoholics Anonymous (707) 544-1300

 

The SRJC PEERS are students that promote resources for mental health and will be planning workshops throughout the semester. Please follow them on Instagram @srjcpeers to keep updated on events and resources. The PEERS also have a Youtube channel and there you will find a recorded guided meditation that we hosted in May. We all feel overwhelmed right now and taking time to focus on breath and getting grounded can be very helpful.

We will get through this together. Please know you are not alone.