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 with start-up funding 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, Pasadena City College, is in discussions with East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College and Citrus College on collaborations for the coming school year. ARCH has partnered with Student Health & Psychological Services, Disabled Students Programs & Services, Veterans’ Services and other programs to co-facilitate online student 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.