Aspire Offers Weekly Mental Health Checks
February 26, 2021 - 05:00 PM
Numerous studies have been released showing that student mental wellbeing is suffering during thepandemic and is reaching crisis levels.
The Umoja Aspire Program has been working with the Mt. SAC Health Services department to address the mental health needs of the Black students at Mt. San Antonio College. Therapist Timothy Leslie, MFT, meets with Umoja Aspire students weekly to “listen, and discuss the everyday struggles of our Blacks students,” said Aspire Director Clarence Banks
“Calling them “Vibe checks” Leslie says theyare designed to fulfill the need for people that want to connect in a small group format,” “A few reasons I’m hosting this group is because representation is important,”said Leslie “The more students are able to see staff that look like them, the better. I think it helps them to feel like they belong in these academic spaces.
Leslie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has worked in a variety of settings throughout his career.
“The other reason, “continued Leslie.” is that this group is designed to help foster the sense of community that Aspire strives for. Everyone has needs for different types of connection.”“We are here to listen. We are here to work with you. We are here to help,” concluded Banks.
- Aspire encourages all Black students to join them for the Vibe Check at 10 AM Thursdays on Zoom: Meeting I D : 9 4 2 7 9 5 6 4 5 0 9 passcode : 3 4 0 7 3 8
Students interested in apllying to the Umoja Aspire Program should visti the Aspire website.