Mental Health in the News-January

Same-sex marriage may have mental health benefits

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the legality of same-sex marriage in late March, a new study suggests such unions may positively affect mental health.
The study in the American Journal of Public Health uses CHIS data to show that psychological distress is lower among lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals who are legally married to a person of the same sex, compared with those not in legally recognized unions.
The authors used 2009 California Health Interview Survey, which asks questions about psychosocial distress and legal relationship status as well as self-perceived overall health.
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled argument on California’s Proposition 8 and on the federal Defense of Marriage Act on consecutive days in late March.  

Welcome to Spring Semester!

Ohlone College

We hope you had a relaxing winter break and a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.  We wish you a very productive and enjoyable spring semester.  Key dates:
  • Monday, January 28: Spring Semester instruction begins
  • Friday, February 1: Last day to add full-term class without instructors’s signature
  • Friday, February 8: Last day to drop full-term class in person without a W grade

Mental Health in the News

“State mental health act a model for U.S.”-SF Gate

In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, there have been recent efforts to increase visibility of the need to have mental health services in the US. California is acting as a model for the rest of the country; Proposition 63, passed in 2004, allocates funding for mental health services in California. The author of Prop.63, state Senate Pro Tem President Darrell Steinberg, has written to Vice President Joe Biden to propose a similar piece of legislation for the US.

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Congratulations to these Ohlone student clubs for completing mental health training

Psychology Club (first place)

Club advisor: Sheldon Helms

Club officers: Jasica Gill, Natsuki Itoh, Jessica Oak, Syed Sabor Ahmed, Neil Laguardia

Psychology Club Fall 2012


Nursing Club of Ohlone College (NSOC)

Club advisor: Sally Scofield

Club officers: Asha Koshy, Katrina Imbuido, Kathrina Lirasan, Lucia Viramontes, Matthew Grayson, Renee Wong

Beta Tau Mu

Club advisor: Alison Germaine

Club officers: Katie O’Brien, Tawney Warren, Michael W. Cheang, Homaira Yusufi

APASA (Asian Pacific American Student Association)

Club advisor: Wayne Takakuwa

Club officers: Tanya Abarado, Nancy Liu, Linh Lam, Iris Zhou, Melanie Cairel, Jean (KC) Coronejo

Speech Club

Club advisor: Brenda Antholz

Club officers: Eric DeGuzman, Julie Cottrell, Alex Elabeh

Congrats Speech Club


WAGE (Women and Gender Empowerment)

Club advisors: Emily Grantz and Jenny Schmidt

Club officers: Jasica Gill, Kawtar Mossadak, Sayed Sabor Ahmed