Journey

The Journey Program at Mat-Su College is a health, wellness, and personal growth program that provides and advertises a series of activities and events available to all students, staff, faculty, and community members. Each month will offer an array of different discussion topics, presentations and/or exercises.
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Journey-Approved Activities.

  • April

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    • AVirtual Lunch and Learn with the Library: Extra Tough Women - 4/8/2021

      Thursday, April 8

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      Event listing

      Explore a museum exhibition, learn from a community expert and add to your reading list over the lunch hour with this collaborative program from the Anchorage Museum and Anchorage Public Library. This monthly virtual program will connect a theme highlighted within the Extra Tough: Women of the North exhibition to the local community with a conversation with an invited expert. Expand on the theme by exploring a curated reading list and checking out resources from your local library.

      This month, hear from filmmakers of the newly-released short-film “Ada Blackjack Rising” as they converse about the incredible story of the sole survivor of the 1921 Arctic Expedition, Ada Blackjack, and how her story of survival is relevant today. Ask questions of all presenters in this interactive, live presentation, then peruse a reading list from the Anchorage Public Library to learn more.

      Tune in for the live event and ask questions in the Q&A or access the recording after the event.

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    • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month- 4/13/2021

      Tuesday, April 13

      6:30-8:00 pm

      Zoom Link

      Approximately 19% of women will be sexually assaulted during their time at college and 5-6% of men will experience a sexual assault on campus. Please join us to discuss sexual assault issues in our community. We will have an interactive discussion with experts available to talk about Title IX, how advocates can help, and what we can do to help prevent sexual assaults.

      Office of Justice Programs Campus Sexual Assault Study

     

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    • Are science and religion compatible?- 4/14/2021

      Wed, Apr. 14, 2021, 6:30pm

      Zoom Link.

      What is the relationship between Science and Religion? Are they in conflict or are they in harmony? What - if anything - distinguishes science from religion, and religion from science? Come explore the topic with others!

     

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    • Eating More Vegetables - 4/20/2021

      Tuesday, April 20, 12:00-1:00 pm

      Learn how you can grow your own food in creative ways. Jodie Anderson from the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center will talk to us about creative growing solutions and ways to increase your use of local produce.

       

      Zoom Link.

       

     

     

 

Counseling Services

Mat-Su College students may receive up to five free counseling appointments with an licensed behavioral health clinician. To make an appointment, call Mat-Su Health Services at 907-376-2411 and identify yourself as a Mat-Su College student. You may meet with the clinician on campus or at Mat-Su Health Services.

Mat-Su Valley Community Resources

Visit the United Way website for a complete listing of local organizations and agencies.

 

My Mental Health: Do I need Help?

First, determine how much your symptoms interfere with your daily life.

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Do I have mild symptoms that have lasted for less than 2 weeks?
  • Feeling a little down
  • Feeling down, but still able to do job, schoolwork, or housework
  • Some trouble sleeping
  • Feeling down, but still able to take care of yourself or take care of others

 

 

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If so, here are some self-care activities that can help:
  • Exercising (e.g., aerobics, yoga)
  • Engaging in social contact (virtual or in person)
  • Getting adequate sleep on a regular schedule
  • Eating Healthy
  • Talking to a trusted friend or family member
  • Practicing meditation, relaxation, and mindfullness

If the symptom above do not improve or seem to be worsening despite self-care efforts, talk to your health care provider.

 

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Do I have severe symptoms that have lasted 2 weeks or more?
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Appetite changes that result in unwanted weight changes
  • Struggling to get out of bed in the morning because of mood
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in things you usually find enjoyable
  • Unable to perform usual daily functions and responsibilities
  • Thoughts of death or self-harm

 

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Seek profesional help:
  • Psychotherapy (talk-therepy)—virtual or in person; individual, group or family
  • Medications
  • Brain stimulation therapies

For help finding treatment, visit www.nimh.nih.gov/findhelp.

If you are in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255),
or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741).

 

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