SB-2020-21-013: Mental Health Wellness Campaign

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Senate Bill No.: 2020-21-013

Date: May 6, 2021

Authored by: Ronnie Medrano, Senator for the College of Humanities

Referred to: University Affairs Committee

Committee Rec: May 6, 2021

Senate Action: May 10, 2021 (17-0-0)

Title: Mental Health Wellness Campaign

1. WHEREAS: The Associated Students, Inc. (AS) is the official voice of over 38,000 students at California State University Northridge; AND

2. WHEREAS: AS is the primary advocate for students at CSUN and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to create and enhance a spirited, learning focused campus environment; AND

3. WHEREAS: Mental health has been an increasing issue and topic currently due to many factors that affect the environment such as the pandemic and social injustice issues; AND

4. WHEREAS: Many college students have long been prone to stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and other mental health issues; AND

5. WHEREAS: According to an article from the New York Times in 2018, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students; AND

6. WHEREAS: CSUN offers many different services and programs for students to utilize that focuses on mental health wellness and support; AND

7. WHEREAS: Departments and groups such as the University Counseling Services and their four peer education programs (The Blues Project, JADE, Project D.A.T.E and MenCARE) host many events throughout the school year individually; AND

8. WHEREAS: Many of these programs and services do not have resources and tools similar to AS to be able to promote their services to the entire university; AND

9. WHEREAS: As of May 2021, CSUN does not have a campus wide event that includes all departments or clubs and organizations that focuses on mental health and wellness; THEREFORE, LET IT BE

1. RESOLVED: AS will program a campus wide event focusing on raising awareness on mental health and promoting services and programs offered from campus departments and organizations along with outside community resources; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

2. RESOLVED: This program is to be structured similar to Earth Fair and Earth Month switching the focus from sustainability and environmental issues to mental health and wellness and will be lead by AS Productions; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

3. RESOLVED: AS Productions will work closely with the University Counseling Services and other clubs and organizations that follow under the focus of mental health and wellness; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

4. RESOLVED: AS encourages that AS Productions requests for supplemental funding from the Finance Committee to program this event for the academic year of 2021-2022 to host this event in Spring 2022; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

5. RESOLVED: AS encourages the Finance Committee to consider approving the supplemental funding request from AS Productions to host this program; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

6. RESOLVED: AS Productions requests a budget for this program in their annual budget request indefinitely; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

7. RESOLVED: AS increases that budget by 2% annually to take into account of inflation throughout time; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

8. RESOLVED: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, once programming is allowed to be full capacity in person, this program moves from Spring to Fall around the time of World Mental Health Day on October 10th; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

9. RESOLVED: AS helps promote events hosted by the University Counseling Services and other clubs and organizations that follow under the focus of mental health and wellness using their social media account and AS Newsletter; AND LET IT BE FURTHER

10. RESOLVED: The Senate meeting closest to October 10th the AS President will host a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives and/or been impacted by their mental health AND LET IT BE FURTHER

11. RESOLVED: That copies of this resolution be distributed widely, including but not limited to the following:

  • Dr. Erika D. Beck, CSUN President
  • Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Patrick Bailey, AS Executive Director
  • Kira Szczepanski, AS Senior Program Coordinator
  • Julie Pearce, Director for University Counseling Services
  • Vicki Allen, Interim Co-Director, Matador Involvement Center
  • Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing
  • Richard Cardona, Manager of the Oasis Wellness Center
  • CSUN Wellness Committee
  • CSUN Today
  • The Daily Sundial