May is....

Mental Health Awareness Month & Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month!

There are some great events coming up for API Heritage month including a music and art performance sponsored by the Gender Equity Center and the Diversity Council. For more info visit

Also there is a FREE API LGBTQ Conference on Saturday May 20th that is open to all students and will have FREE LUNCH. For more info visit:

For more information on mental health, see below:


Research indicates that we can counter stress and enrich community by spending less than a minute recognizing small moments of beauty found in daily life. Examples include:
• slowing to appreciate the flowering blooms returning to campus,
• pausing to praise each other and our students,
• taking a moment to tell each other about our pleasure in this season, this place and our shared commitments.
Through savoring our shared riches and expressing gratitude and kindness, North Seattle College fosters student success, advances teaching and learning, and builds an inclusive community.

On May 18, Thursday, 1:30-3PM in the North Star Dining Room, Dr. Brown is providing a President's Leadership Meeting on the topic of Transitions & Transformation: Principles of Self-Care & Revitalization

Below are “tips” from NSC Counseling faculty members. Please share them with students.

Increase Effectiveness & Reduce Stress: Tips from Counseling
• Organize by breaking assignments into smaller, daily “chunks”.
• Eat multiple, small meals with vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and water. For the first two bites, savor the taste, smell, and texture (apple’s crunch, yogurt’s smoothness).
• Sleep 7 to 8 hours a night to move learning to long-term storage and improve concentration.
• Exercise: even 2 to 5 minute breaks-- to stretch, walk around, etc.--.will help you relax.
• Breathe, relax and re-new by taking 2 deep breaths slowly, in and out through the nose. Deliberately relax the muscles in your shoulders and neck. Experience gratitude for the good things in yourself and your life.
• Encourage yourself: focus on positives, reassure yourself ("I am doing the best I can.”, "This will get done.").
• Smile and be kind: Smiling lowers anxiety and prompts people to smile in return. Acts of thoughtfulness make you feel good and create positive actions going forward. Laughter refreshes and improves problem-solving. Consider comedy when selecting entertainment.
• Visit for information, self-help education and many useful links.
• NSC Counseling maintains a free, confidential Mental Health Screening instrument at where you can self-describe behaviors associated with major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Results are descriptive not diagnostic and do not substitute for a medical assessment but can be printed and taken to your medical doctor for further assessment, diagnosis and treatment.


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