mental health

MSW student’s personal mission turns communal

by Claudia Bustamante

For Shawn Cervantes, going back to school began as a personal desire to help her family, but it has since grown into a drive to change her community.

An Army wife for 25 years, Cervantes’ main role was caring for her three children during her husband’s multiple deployments. It was his last deployment in 2005 — when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device — that led her back into the classroom.

“When he came home, he wasn’t interested in getting any type of care. He was an old Army soldier,” she said.

Eventually they separated, but with her […]

By |April 16th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Safe college environments assist transitioning student veterans

By Claudia Bustamante

There is no universal way to support student veterans with mental health issues but, generally speaking, providing a safe environment on college and university campuses has proven effective.

That information, along with highlighting specific transition challenges and military stigmas, was presented during a USC conference aimed at supporting college and university students with mental illness.

Co-sponsored by the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics and the USC Gould School of Law, “Many Voices, One Vision” brought together numerous experts and stakeholders including students, professors, university leaders, campus mental health professionals and parents during the two-day event.

Aside from […]

By |March 24th, 2014|News|0 Comments