SCC Announces Mental Health Programming for Fall 2012

August 21, 2012

St. Charles Community College will host several events focused on mental health, including films, presentations and panel discussions in fall 2012. They are all free and open to the public and will take place in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building.

“These events will provide information to those who may be seeking help, as well as those who are concerned about loved ones,” said Kelley Pfeiffer, SCC coordinating counselor for student activities.  “While each topic may not resonate with everyone, if they make a difference to one person, then it will be a success."


Identifying and Responding to a Student in Crisis
Presentation by KUTO: Kids Under Twenty One
11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11
This session will discuss the definition, components, origins, outcomes, warning signs and risk factors of a student in crisis. The presenters will also address how to respond and go over a review of coping methods.

Mental Illness – What Everyone Should Know
Presentation by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) St. Louis
Noon Monday, Oct. 1
This presentation will discuss how mental illnesses are more common than most people realize. NAMI St. Louis helps people with a diagnosis of mental illness and their families.

 Living With and Loving Those With Mental Illnesses
Panel Discussion
1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
This panel discussion, moderated by Vicky Herbel, SCC associate professor of sociology, will address the challenges family members who live with and love those with mental illnesses face and the resources available to them. 

Don’t Change the Subject” Film Showing
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3
Suicide is one of the leading killers of college-age students and statistics show depression is skyrocketing on campuses all across the country. This documentary takes a completely new approach to the subject using humor, music and compelling stories to tackle the issue in an engaging and entertaining way.

Healthy Choices, Fun Sex
Presentation by Bridgeway Behavioral Health
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
This presentation, by Kelly Schneider, MSW, LCSW, from Bridgeway Behavioral Health, takes a fresh approach to preventing sexual assault and date rape. Students will learn how healthy beliefs and attitudes about sex can prevent sexual violence.

Stress, Anxiety and Coping
Presented by KUTO: Kids Under Twenty One
Noon Wednesday, Dec. 5
This session will help to recognize stress as a natural and manageable reaction to physical and emotional distress; understand sources of stress and signals of onset; identify strategies to relieve stress and productive coping mechanisms; encourage a change in attitudes toward help-seeking/help-giving; and identify KUTO as resource and other community resources.

For more information on SCC’s mental health programming, contact Kelley Pfeiffer at 636-922-8544 or

The mental health programming for 2012-13 was funded in part through a RUN. LIVE. LEARN. health and wellness grant. The grant was one of six that were provided by the RUN. LIVE. LEARN. Committee, which is responsible for planning the college's annual wellness event. Visit for more information.

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St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit

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