Alone in a Crowd?
The values of Biola University have been clearly defined as Truth, Transformation & Testimony. One of our hallmarks is offering a vibrant, holistic, transformative “Biola Experience” to our students. But for many students, that transformation is hindered by serious emotional and psychological issues that affect not only growth but even daily functioning.
This week, November 8-12, Biola is presenting the first Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health Awareness Week will seek to break the stigmas often related to mental health, and educate and improve the holistic health of the Biola community through a variety of events.
Events for the Week
Monday you can check your mailbox and follow @biolastudent on Twitter for the Mental Health Awareness Week schedule of events.
Tuesday Fives chapel (Calvary Chapel, 5 pm): Reflecting on the state of our minds and hearts through honest prayer, confession, thanksgiving, and Scripture meditation are important rhythms that lead us to health and wholeness as the Bible understands it. Fives Chapel creates time, structure, and space for these on a weekly basis: Tuesday at Five in Calvary Chapel.
Wednesday Chapel will feature Dr. Archibald Hart, Dean Emeritus of the School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary. Author of 24 books and an expert in the mental health field for decades, Dr. Hart will be discussing an often overlooked mental health phenomenon slowly overtaking us called “Anhedonia”--the loss of ability to experience pleasure in the little things of life. Explore the reasons for this growing problem and ways in which Christians can prevent it.
Then, from 10:30 'til 1:30 pm, there will be a Holistic Health Fair on the SUB walkway, featuring the Biola Counseling Center, Student Health Center, Fitness Center, and the Center for Spiritual Renewal partnering to offer education and resources for your holistic health. Flu shots and free blood pressure testing will be offered, along with free massages, smoothies and healthy snacks!
Wed evening in the Res Halls: "Healthy Hall." Check your Residence Hall for Mental Health Awareness Week activities to help you process and engage in information shared this week
Thursday at 12 noon in the SUB: All students are invited to enjoy free lunch and engage in a panel discussion featuring Dr. Melanie Taylor (Director of the Biola Counseling Center), Dr. Annie Fujikawa (staff therapist), and Sue Rueb, author of Who’s Crazy Now? Students will have the opportunity to discuss a variety of hot topics surrounding mental health and have their questions answered.
Thurs at 9 pm in Calvary Chapel will be a free screening of A Beautiful Mind, with free popcorn! Students are welcome to come enjoy the thought-provoking film “A Beautiful Mind” as a fun and interactive way of exploring mental health issues
Friday all students will receive in their mailboxes a “Healthy Habits” card with tips on maintaining holistic health and information on local resources available for students.
You Are Not Alone
Sometimes we as Christians are afraid to admit we have "issues." Or else we believe that admitting the problem is enough. But "truth" does not automatically lead to "transformation." There are more steps involved, but it is not a journey you need to walk alone.
Biola has a Student Care Team which, in collaboration with the Health Center, the Biola Counseling Center (BCC), and other Biola departments, provides a holistic approach in response to these significant student issues. There are a number of issues where we work with students, including: depression, suicidal ideation, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health concerns, eating disorders, sexual addictions, same-sex attraction, sexual activity and much more.
How Can We Help?
Safety & Security:
If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a student or those around a student, contact Campus Safety at x5111.
Although there is no sure way to know if a person may be distressed, turn violent or be in need of assistance, this information may help you assist a student.
Assistance & Intervention:
If the situation is less urgent but you wish to consult with others about what to do, use this link to be connected to resources including: Biola Counseling Center, Biola Health Center, Spiritual Development, and others.
A list of campus resources to connect you to a variety of needs, including: the Advising Center, the Learning Center, The Center for Career Development, and other areas of campus that may assist you in solving or addressing the concern or problem.
Additional Community Resources
Biola's surrounding community also offers excellent resources that can be a source of help and support as you deal with your particular area of struggle.
Commonly asked questions, including info for faculty.