CSUN Beats the Blues this week


The CSUN Blues Project group organized their booth with pictures saying positive and inspiring messages during the Beat the Blues Week on Nov. 19. Photo Credit: Araceli Castillo/Photo Editor

Donna Lugo

CSUN’s University Counseling Services’ BLUES Project will host a variety of free events and workshops this coming week in honor of “Beat the BLUES Week 2016.”

The BLUES Project is comprised of a group of volunteer peer educators who aim to help their participants overcome depression and prevent suicide.

There will also be a free depression screening where those in attendance will get to take a self-assessment in order to screen for symptoms of depression. A counselor from University Counseling Services will be on hand to answer any questions and help those interested in accessing the campus’s resources for support.

After seeing a BLUES Project presentation his freshmen year at CSUN, program Vice President Enrique Ramirez was inspired to become involved and advocate for change in the realm of mental health issues.

“I thought to myself that this would be a great opportunity to educate myself about mental health and break those stigmas within my culture and really make a positive impact in someone’s life,” Ramirez said.

Other events include a film screening followed by a panel discussion, a tabling fair, and a workshop on learning how to “Improve Your Mood with Food.”

The exact location of these on-campus events varies by day and specific event, but include the Oviatt Lawn, Plaza del Sol, Thousand Oaks Room and the USU Theatre.

Beat the Blues Week 2016 starts Monday, Nov. 14 and runs through Thursday, Nov.17. Here is a schedule of events happening this week:

Monday, Nov. 14

Let’s Get Flexy Yoga with Andrew Sealy @ Bayramian Lawn

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Coping With Grief and loss with Beth Jakubanis, LCSW and Debbie Frankie, LMFT @ Lake Balboa Room in USU

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Free Depression Screening with Jennifer Sato-Velez, LCSW @ Altadena Room in USU

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Blues Project Tabling Fair @ Plaza Del Sol in USU

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

LGBTQ Students and D.A.R.K.N.E.S.S. with Amy Rosenblatt, Psy.D. @ Lake Balboa Room in USU

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Little Things People Say: Microaggressions and Mental Health with Saimir Thano, Ph.D. @ Lake Balboa Room in USU

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Improve Your Mood With Food with Ellen Bauersfield, MS., RD., CDE. @ Lake Balboa Room in USU

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Mental Health and Latino Students with Abraham Ambriz, B.S. @ Flintridge Room in USU

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Started From the Bottom, Now I’m Here: Achievement Guilt and It’s Impact on Mental Health with Aleska Hagan, M.S. @ Flintridge Room in USU

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Sound of Music: Using Music for Healing and Expression with Lori Meono, Psy.D. @ Reseda Room in USU

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Free Depression Screening with Jennifer Sato-Veloz, LCSW @ Granada Room in USU

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Expressive Arts: Uncover Your Mask with Giulette Recht, MA @ Granada Room in USU

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Middle Eastern Students and Mental Health with Jennifer Esfandi, MA @ Granada Room in USU

Film Screening and Panel: 22 Veterans Per Day @ USU Theatre

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Candlelight Vigil @ Oviatt Lawn

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.