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SCC Mental Health Programming

2013-14 Schedule

SCC Student Activities will present the following mental health programming. See schedule for building and room locations.

Elaine Williams: Last Call

6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, 2013
SSB Auditorium

Elaine Williams, the “girl next door”, had it all, the brains, the charm, and talent to be drill team captain, a national honor society member, on the dean’s list and involved in her choir and community. What she hid was she was also victim of emotional and sexual assault which led her to abuse her body with food and substances becoming bulimic and putting her life at risk.

Realizing it takes the same amount of energy to make yourself strong as it does to be miserable Elaine started her journey to a healthy life. Today as a certified Life Coach, she uses her comedic talent to engage audiences in discovering that the way to your heart is not through your stomach, and happiness is not found in a bottle.

With Elaine’s “Last Call” program, she shares her “highly functioning addiction” story, peppered with hilarious jokes about her put-the-fun-in-dysfunctional-family. She shows the students why Moderation-is-Sexy and how to party safely and responsibly. She addresses the pressure of wanting to do well in school while also feeling pressure to connect socially, fit in, and be cool.

An average of one in 6 women and one in 32 men in the United States experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. Given the fear and stigma associated with the crime, sexual assault remains one of our nation’s most under-reported crimes in both the military and civilian community. Invariably sexual assault and substance abuse go hand in hand and awareness about moderation is key.

Elaine Williams is an award winning stand up comedian who has appeared on Saturday Night Live, HBO, ABC, NBC, FOX, and featured in The New York Times. This sassy comic’s inspiring and soul-baring story of food, drug, and alcohol addiction is as educational as it is entertaining. She uses her training as a Certified Ford Institute Coach to fully engage and interact with her audiences. Join us for her lecture and walk away with practical and simple tools after having a transformational and fun experience!

Contact Information:

Mandi Smith
asmith@stchas.edu
636-922-8469

@SCCFreaks: Bullying on Campus and How You Can Help End It

11:30 a.m. Sept. 10, 2013
SSB Auditorium

Have you seen the @SCCfreaks Twitter page? How about the T-shirts? Learn how to address this behavior and programs we are implementing to help people on campus realize the impact of their words and actions.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

"The Bucket List" Film

6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, 2013
SSB Auditorium

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends and ultimately find joy in life.

This event is free, open to the public and will include moderated discussion by SCC Psychology Department faculty.

"The Bucket List" on imdb.com 

Contact Information:

Beth Finders
bfinders@stchas.edu
636-922-8259

iConnect

Noon Sept. 25, 2013
SSB Auditorium

How many “friends” do you have on your Facebook page? When was the last time you received a handwritten letter? When you have to connect with teens, friends or parents are you more likely to call, email, tweet or post on your social network wall? Relationships are different these days ... or are they?

Technological advances may have changed how we connect, but there are some basic needs that drive our connections. Research cites relationships as critical to reduce substance abuse and risk-taking behavior. This workshop will explore connections, how we can enhance our communications to keep our relationships real and consider how new technology has changed the way our brain functions.

Presented by Kathi McKenzie, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2013
SSB Auditorium

Through the five shorts named after each title character – Lucy, Eddie, Allison, Grace and Maggie – powerful relationships built on hope and triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winners Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo and Octavia Spencer, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vassilieva, Brittany Snow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, three-time Emmy Award®-winner Jean Smart, Lea Thompson, Oscar®-nominee Melanie Griffith and Chelsea Handler. Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd and Sharon Maguire direct the anthology.

Written by Deirdre O’Connor and directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, "Lucy" follows the film’s title character, a law student who finds herself amidst the horror of schizophrenia, landing her in an institution where, through the support of a new friend, meds and her psychotherapist, she begins her path to not only healing, but a promising future. "Lucy" also features Clint Howard.

"Grace," directed by Laura Dern and written by Howard J. Morris, explores bipolar disorder through the experience of a teenage daughter whose mother grapples with the condition. Also starring in "Grace" are Melissa Farman and Aimee Teegarden.

"Allison" weaves together comedy and family drama in a story about healing when its eldest daughter "Lucy" returns home from inpatient treatment and spoils her sister "Allison's" unveiling of her new boyfriend to their parents. "Allison," also featuring Ken Baumann, was written by Jan Oxenberg and is directed by Sharon Maguire.

"Eddie," directed by Bonnie Hunt and written by Stephan Godchaux, delves into the world of depression as seen through the eyes of a comedian’s wife as she grapples with understanding how her husband Eddie, whom is so loved, can be so withdrawn and overcome with sadness. The short also stars Chelsea Handler and features appearances by Dave Foley, Jay Chandrasekhar, James Avery and Ross Mathews.

In "Maggie," penned by Erin Cressida Wilson and directed by Ashley Judd, a female veteran returns home from war to her son and father, only to have her life shattered by the onset of posttraumatic stress disorder, through which her lawyer, “Lucy,” helps her. Melanie Griffith also stars in "Maggie."

“Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” is an extension of the Five franchise that started in 2011 with the Lifetime Original Movie “Five”, starring Patricia Clarkson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rosario Dawson, Tony Shalhoub, Jenifer Lewis, Kathy Najimy, Bob Newhart, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jeffrey Tambor. “Five” used humor and drama to focus on the effect breast cancer and its different stages of diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves while searching for strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs and, ultimately, a cure. Recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with its Television Academy Honors, winner of a Banff World Media Award and nominated for DGA, WGA, NAACP Image and Imagen Awards, “Five” was directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris.

http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/call-me-crazy-a-five-film

Contact Information:

Beth Finders
bfinders@stchas.edu
636-922-8259

Intimate Partner Violence and Technology Safety

Noon Oct. 16, 2013
SSB Auditorium

This presentation will cover the topic of intimate partner violence by discussing theories, myths, research and real-life application. We will discuss how technology is used by abusers to stalk and further harass their victims and how to be safe while using technology. The presentation will also give practical ideas on how to help a friend who may be experiencing violence and what role we can all have in ending intimate partner violence.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Energy Drinks: Buzz in a Bottle

11:30 a.m. Nov. 14, 2013
SSB Auditorium

This program explores what energy drinks are, the ingredients and the physical impact of those ingredients on our body. Short term and long term impact is explored as well as some guidelines students can use to make healthy decisions regarding this beverages. 

Presented by Kathi McKenzie, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Addiction

Noon Feb. 5, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Many individuals do not view addiction as a treatable disease, and some may even think that they are immune to it. However, chemical abuse does alter the function of the brain to create a real threat to which every human is susceptible. This lesson explores the topic of addiction and discusses the definition of addiction as well as some of the recent science behind it. Additionally, it provides explanation for psychological vs. physical addiction, risk factors and drug use vs. drug abuse.

Presented by Kathi McKenzie, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant Communities

11:30 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014
SSB Auditorium

This presentation will cover the issue of intimate partner violence and specifically the barriers and needs of immigrant victims. Discussion will include the basics of intimate partner violence as well as the similarities and differences for the immigrant community. We will discuss not only the barriers in accessing services, but legal and cultural barriers that victims face as well.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Neuroplasticity in Amputees

10 a.m. March 10, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Contact Information:

Mitch Harden
mharden@stchas.edu
636-922-8495

Mental Illness: Is It Just a Different Brain?

1 p.m. March 11, 2014
SSB Auditorium

Our understanding of mental illness has advanced rapidly over the past few decades. New tools in genetics and neuroscience have uncovered significant pieces of the puzzle. Scientists also agree that key environmental risk factors are what link these pieces together. The aim of this presentation is to explain what may cause mental illness based on the collective effects of basic brain mechanisms and the environments.

Contact Information:

Vi Rajagopalan
vrajagopalan@stchas.edu
636-922-8624

"Tracy and Jess" Film and Discussion

6:30 p.m. March 12, 2014
SSB Auditorium

“Tracy and Jess” documentary; Q&A by filmmaker Jim Dreyer and dementia-sufferer and documentary star Jess Dreyer.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Adolescence and Crime - Doesn't the Brain Make Me Innocent?

1 p.m. March 13, 2014
SSB Auditorium

This presentation will focus on the development of the prefrontal cortex as well as the emotion regulation centers in the brain, including whether the development of these areas impact teen delinquency and decision making, and if teens should be held responsible for their crimes. (Should teens be tried as adults or children who made irrational choices because of immature brain development?)

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information:

Marvin Tobias
mtobias@stchas.edu
636-922-8552

Binge Drinking: What's the Fuss?

11:30 a.m. April 3, 2014
CC Rotunda

This interactive presentation will highlight what is considered binge drinking, impact of alcohol on the brain and other physical impacts, both long and short term. (If time allows, the speaker will include tips on how to help friends and/or roommates who are in an alcohol-related emergency situation as well as how to talk to them when concerned about their use.)

Presented by Kathi McKenzie, National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area.

Contact Information:

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Contact Info

Kelley Pfeiffer
kpfeiffer@stchas.edu
636-922-8544

Mandi Smith
asmith@stchas.edu
636-922-8469