An arch supports a weighted mass on top while simultaneously providing a pathway. Each precisely cut block in an arch presses against contiguous blocks, in a design synonymous with strength and resilience.
Anxiety Resources for Campus Health (ARCH) is a program of Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) and funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) funds. The ARCH program endeavors to eliminate barriers and increase access to mental health services for young adults. ARCH supports language-specific, culturally sensitive services.
APIDC’s ARCH provides mental health support services through education, referral, assessment, and stigma-reducing mental health information to students on campus. ARCH collaborates with campus resources to support students on their journey through school by improving access to services and eliminating barriers of language and culture. ARCH is particularly focused on supporting students navigating through the COVID-19 crisis on their journey to graduation.
At the present time ARCH is developing programs with Rio Hondo College and Pasadena City College, with plans for expansion to other colleges. ARCH has partnered with Rio Hondo College’s Student Health & Psychological Services and Disabled Students Programs & Services Department to co-facilitate online support groups. Each support group offers a space for students to gain support while dealing with not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the stress of navigating college courses online.
ARCH seeks to bring awareness and education to students on mental health. Working collaboratively with campus resources ARCH supports students in their educational growth and success. ARCH will also include parent and community education to help address issues and concerns about cultural and societal stigma, as well as language based communication challenges.
Five Stones of ARCH
We strive to serve Asian and Pacific Islander students and other ethnic minorities who may face language and cultural barriers to accessing mental health support.
We strive to build campus leaders who will fight the war against mental health stigma, support their peers, and create a community safe harbor.
We partner with campus resources, as well as offer language and culturally specific assistance.
We strive to bring awareness through education and constant communication to combat the stigma surrounding accessing mental health help.
We strive to build student confidence, helping to support their decision-making in improving and maintaining their mental health while working through the COVID-19 challenges and beyond.