On Monday, April 15th, Acacia Isla Vista hosted our annual “Careers in Mental Health Night” in collaboration with UCSB’s Career Services. The night consisted of four interactive workshops that focused on mental health stigma, career pathways, graduate school, and opportunities to get involved. The event was facilitated by the Acacia Isla Vista’s Mental Health Advocate (MHA) Interns who hosted two passion projects throughout the night. Our MHA interns presented an informative, interactive booth on destigmatizing mental health where attendees participated in a Spin-the-Wheel activity to learn facts and statistics of mental health issues.
Participants were also asked to share on post-it notes “What Mental Health Means to Me.” This activity, like all the workshops hosted throughout the night, built community and engaged attendees in meaningful conversations on mental health. After a warm introduction by our director Dr. Robbyn, the office became overflowed with eager students ready to learn from our therapist panel. Acacia team members and professionals in the community shared their personal journeys of becoming a mental health professional. These authentic conversations between our therapists and students were both insightful and inspiring. Following the panel, our MHA interns hosted a discussion on “Mental Health in Minority Communities” to address the necessary role of diversity in the field of psychology.
Concluding the night, we hosted an “Art Therapy Night” fundraiser where students could de-stress and learn the benefits of art therapy through a peaceful Bob Ross painting activity. All proceeds went to the ROOTS Fund, which enables low-income students the ability to afford mental health services.
Thank you to the Acacia Isla Vista team, UCSB Career Services, and the MHA interns that made this event possible for the community. Because of everyone’s hard work and dedication we were able to host an impressive turnout of 50 UCSB students! We look forward to hosting this event next year and are excited to see Isla Vista’s passion for mental health continue to grow.