The Mental Health ACCESS Program
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Over the summer of 2020, ACCESS students were introduced to the intersections between mental health and physical health. While researching disparities in mental health that applied to their own cultural backgrounds they were able to gain an understanding of the importance of mental health.
Through workshops, students met with active members of the Cambridge community, mental health professionals and academics in addition to college-aged peers. Students were very involved in applying their own practice for positive mental health. Their individual practices involved implementing coping strategies such as exercising, meditating, and reflecting, to name just a several self-care activities.
Students were also responsible for working together to compile and share mental health services and videos in efforts to raise awareness in the Cambridge community. In this interactive Zoom experience, students tested their knowledge, including their vocabulary and comprehension of scientific theory through games like Kahoot! and Jeopardy. Overall, students came in at many different levels of interest and awareness - however, by the end of this program, each student was able to establish their own personal connection with mental health and the field of psychology.