MCC + bridges Wellness

MCC + bridges Wellness / / Multicultural Community Center

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Welcome to our wellness webpage

This is an invitation to pause, reflect, learn, sow, and grow. It is a space for self-reflection and inspiration.

MCC x bridges Wellness

The vision for this page is to offer an embodied opportunity to take a breath, slow down, and experience the energy of community in a collection of curated resources designed to center growth, healing, and empowerment.

What is the MCC + bridges Wellness Initiative?

The bridges +  Multicultural Community Center (MCC) Wellness Initiative is a student-proposed community-based and accessible space for resources and services that address our mental health, emotional fitness, and holistic wellness. 

Our Values

Our core values include sustainability, anti-oppression, and cross-cultural understanding and solidarity.

Free, online self-help tools and wellness videos

Looking for meditation resources? Mental Health Apps to check out? Here are tools for you to Learn and Practice caring for your wellness.

Quick Tips to Destress

  • Remember, every day is a new opportunity for change. When times are feeling tough, hold intentions of self-compassion, acceptance, and mindfulness. Stay focused on the here-and-now. Life is less overwhelming when we bring our focus back to the simple steps of putting one foot in front of the other. 

  • In order to cope with the crashing waves brought on by unexpected challenges, stressors, or emotions, we must “ride the wave” gently, moving with the water. Do not resist.  Allow yourself to feel the feelings. The harder you fight the push of the water the more at risk you are of drowning.

  • Keep up the practice of building a relationship with your breath and body. Check out the mindfulness practices tip sheet below for some quick tips to engage your senses, disengage from rumination, and invite ease into your spirit. 

Finding a Counselor 

bridges + MCC students have multiple options to access mental health counseling support on and off campus. Nervous about counseling? Unsure of what to expect? This brief video touches on common worries about the counseling process

  1. Connection with Dr. Elizabeth Aranda, ABPP, the bridges + MCC Program Director for Wellness Initiatives. Housed within our community space itself, Dr. Aranda can meet with students for consultation, therapy, and provide referrals for other resources. 

  2. Students can access crisis, urgent, and/or same-day counseling services with any member of the Student Mental Health Staff on campus. 

  3. For routine, sustainable services, off-campus services are recommended. All students can check out the  Community referrals database (find local providers with availability) and Referral process infofor information on securing an ongoing mental health counselor using your insurance plan. 

  4. Students with SHIP can also access,  Teladoc (teletherapy/telepsychiatry, or tele-physician appt) & Wellfleet provider search page 

Urgent Crisis Support 

Students with urgent needs should call (510) 642-9494 to speak with a counselor from Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If urgent needs arise after business hours, or on nights or weekends, students can call (855) 817-5667 (available 24/7) or In case of emergencies - call 911 or community suicide prevention hotlines