Mental Health Commission

Cindy Sahagun
Cindy SahagunReclaim Mental Health Conference Director
Hello everyone! My name is Cindy (she/her/hers), and I am a fourth year double majoring in Urban Studies and Criminology. I am delighted to serve as the Reclaim Mental Health Conference Director for the Mental Health Commission. I became involved in this commission during my second year as a Logistics Subcommittee Intern and returned in my third year as the Logistics Subcommittee Lead. This year I will also be one of the Peer Health Educators for the UCI Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion and work at the Middle Earth Housing office as an Student Lead, so feel free to ask me about either! In my free time, I love to go on foodie adventures, buy (more) plants, explore nature, and spend time with my friends and loved ones.
Dorothy Nguyen
Dorothy NguyenPolicy and Outreach Director
Hey y’all! My name is Dorothy (she/her/hers), and I’m a third year studying Public Health Policy and Psychology. I am thrilled to be your Policy and Outreach Director for the Mental Health Commission this year. I joined the commission as a Policy and Outreach staffer in my second year which eventually led to me to apply to be a director this year! I am also a mentor in the Antleader Mentorship Program and work at the UCI School of Medicine as a student assistant. Outside of all this, you can find me hanging out with friends, catching sunsets, or finding the next song that I’m going to listen to on repeat.

The ASUCI Mental Health Commission is focused on destigmatizing conversations surrounding mental health on campus in order to help normalize and strengthen students’ relationships with their mental health. We do this through events throughout the year focused on discussing different topics within the field of mental health and raising awareness for different resources on and off campus that can support the mental health of our student body. We aim to provide multiple ways for students struggling with mental health to cope and recognize that they are not alone.

One of the major events that we put on every year is the Reclaim Mental Health Conference! This annual conference first began in 2015 with the intention of bringing together the student body along with anyone in the area who was interested in learning more mental health topics. In the past few years, these topics have ranged from how to reach out for help or support friends struggling with their mental health to meditation practices aimed at relaxation. Last year was our first year of planning and executing an entirely virtual conference, but we plan on bringing it back in-person!

Contact:

If you would like to get in contact with us, please email mentalhealth@asuci.uci.edu!
If you would like to speak with us directly, come to one of our office hours or set up an appointment with us!

Office hours:
This is a time for us to get to know you and what you would like to see happen with the mental health climate on campus. Feel free to space as you need, whether its to discuss about potential changes for UCI or just talk about your day.
Cindy Sahagun: Mondays from 10-11 AM
Dorothy Nguyen: Thursdays from 10-11 AM

Here is the Zoom Link.  If you prefer to join from the app, the Meeting ID is 980 3027 2002.

Can’t make it to our regular office hours? No problem! Just email us your general availability and what topics you would like to discuss, and we will set up a meeting with you.

Stay tuned for our upcoming events! You can visit our Reclaim Mental Health Website to look at our past programs or click on the Past Event Videos tab to watch our recorded events.

Healthy Healing Habits: How to Discuss Mental Health

This presentation by author Jessi Beyer focuses on ways to help support any friends that may be struggling with their mental health without overstepping boundaries or taking over the role of a professional. ...

Depression Prevention and COVID-19 Coping

This presentation by Dr. Kate Kuhlman focuses in on ways of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic in order to help prevent depressive feelings. ...

Storytime: I Failed Publicly As An Asian-American and I'm Still Here

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Assertiveness in the Face of Racism for Filipino Americans by Dr. Abby Hamilton - Part 1

Research shows that specific Filipino values keep us from being assertive. With emotions stirring in the light of recent news, how do we find our voice? Dr. Abby will discuss our Filipino values and assertiveness strategies for Filipino Americans. Dr. Abby is an industrial/organizational psychologist who speaks on assertive communication for Filipinos. More recently, she has been speaking on assertiveness in the face of racism as well as assertiveness in the workplace. Dr. Abby’s research on 473 Filipino Americans in 35 states in the US revealed that Filipino values conflict with assertiveness. This research sparked Dr. Abby’s mission to help Filipino Americans learn their values and assertiveness. ...

Assertiveness in the Face of Racism for Filipino Americans by Dr. Abby Hamilton - Part 2

Research shows that specific Filipino values keep us from being assertive. With emotions stirring in the light of recent news, how do we find our voice? Dr. Abby will discuss our Filipino values and assertiveness strategies for Filipino Americans. Dr. Abby is an industrial/organizational psychologist who speaks on assertive communication for Filipinos. More recently, she has been speaking on assertiveness in the face of racism as well as assertiveness in the workplace. Dr. Abby’s research on 473 Filipino Americans in 35 states in the US revealed that Filipino values conflict with assertiveness. This research sparked Dr. Abby’s mission to help Filipino Americans learn their values and assertiveness. ...

UCI COACH - A Model of Peer to Peer Counseling

Join us in a discussion about UCI’s COACH program, a peer to peer counseling program that aims to help students that are stressed about academic, social, and/or personal goals by pairing them with a trained peer life coach. This is an excellent resource for UCI students in particular, but also is a model for other universities looking to utilize peer to peer counseling as a way to address increasing demand for mental health services on campus. ...

Prepared to Pivot by Yasmin Naaman

A discussion about navigating the world of mental health and entrepreneurship as a young, black woman clinician, particularly during “these unprecedented times.” ...

Social Environments for “Queer” Empowerment by Andre Casas

Through a general overview of the unique drivers of health disparities that exist for LGBTQIA2S+ people, this workshop will examine the mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, aromantic, asexual, and two-spirit (LGBTQIA2S+) college students. Workshop participants will develop a critical understanding of how psychology has approached the study of and response to sociocultural and political issues that impact queer individuals and communities, including those that have contributed both positively and negatively to their health and wellness, coping, and resilience. ...