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City council approves new team of emergency responders

Photo credit: Sean Martens
February 8, 2018

The newly proposed Mobile Crisis Team was approved by Chico's city council with a 7-0 vote on Tuesday.According to city clerk Debbie Presson, the recommendation for the establishment of this team came...

Chico State’s mental health problems are being ignored

A man looks down at the prescription drugs he is holding. Photo credit: Getty Images - Pamela Joe McFarlane
September 25, 2017

It's safe to say that Chico State students are busy. Classes, work, sports and clubs take up so much time. It's easy to distract students from extremely important matters, such as personal mental health. According...

Community contributes to clean local parks

Trucks were loaded with piles of trash. Photo credit: Christian Solis
September 16, 2017

Chico locals and students participated in 30th Annual Bidwell Parks and Creeks Cleanup, Saturday morning.The event combats environmental damage done in parks and creeks from encampments and littering....

Lack of mental health services hurts Chico State of mind

November 12, 2016

Mental health, food security and housing are all major contributions to whether students will succeed. If these needs are not taken care of it is difficult for students to want to or be able to continue...

Light at the end of the tunnel: Finals stress almost over

Photo credit: Helen Suh
May 14, 2016

The last month of a semester is a time of potentially harmful stress on students who work through a month of semester-ending tests and projects, only to have to prepare for finals around the corner. Many...

Don’t self-diagnose mental disorders

Photo credit: Madison Holmes
March 27, 2016

Possibly the result of the growing autonomy of youth or the accessibility of specialist information, self-diagnosing is on the rise. Upward of 30 percent of Americans have used the Internet to reach a...

End the cycle of bullying

Photo credit: Helen Suh
March 25, 2016

Hurt people, hurt people. That is neither a reason nor excuse to be disrespectful. Just because you were wronged in the past, doesn’t mean you get to wrong somebody else. You know how much it hurts,...

Rainy weather may make students sad

Illustration by Dongyoung Won.
January 26, 2016

Students avoiding the outdoor world, or feeling unexplained sorrow, may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder, or depression with seasonal patterns. It is more commonly found in northern regions.Northern...

Alex Project: Suicide help is just one text message away

October 22, 2015

It was just over five years ago when Alex Strauss, former Pleasant Valley High student, tried to reach out for help over text and did not receive a reply. Later that night, the then 17-year-old took his...

Suicide Awareness: spreading resources, education

Butte College put on the event Don't Sit in Silence, by putting out 110 chairs on its lawn to represent 10 percent of college students that commit suicide each year. Photo credit: Sabrina Salvatore
October 2, 2015

Chico State and Butte Community College are actively promoting suicide awareness. Butte will be informing students during the month of September, which is nationally known as Suicide Prevention Month,...

Psychedelics offer prescription value

Kevin Crittenden
April 8, 2014

Psychedelics are on the way into the arsenal of pills psychiatrists use to quell restless minds.MDMA and LSD are being used in research studies to determine their effectiveness in relieving mental disorders...

Club Spotlight: Active Minds

The Active Minds club sporting pins to promote mental health awareness. Photo credit: Alex Boesch
March 10, 2014

Asking for help isn’t easy. Most won’t even do it. One group on campus is looking to change that. More than 1,000 college students complete suicide each year, according to the Active Minds...

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