University Wellness

U.S. Surgeon General urges Cal State LA students to fight heart disease

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy on October 5 urged Cal State LA students to take action against cardiovascular disease, which claims nearly 400,000 women’s lives each year, making it the number one killer of women in the nation. The surgeon general also lauded the Mind Matters initiative. Read more>

Surgeon General meets Cal State LA students


Mind Matters Town HallCal State LA students take part in Mind Matters Town Hall to promote University well-being

More than 450 students descended on the Golden Eagle Ballroom for a Mind Matters Town Hall that focused on mental well-being at Cal State LA. The freshmen students, who are enrolled in 16 Introduction to Higher Education classes, met with administrators and staff to take part in discussions, problem-solving drills and civic-learning exercises. The students participated in groups to develop action plans for programs and initiatives to promote mental well-being at the University. Read more>


College teams stair climb

College teams stair climb for YMCA fundraiser

Three teams of faculty, staff and students from the College of Health and Human Services participated in the 22nd annual Stair Climb for Los Angeles. The teams climbed the 1,664 steps of the 75-story U.S. Bank Tower. The fundraiser raised more than $600,000 for the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA. Click here for event photos.




Association of Student Social Workers


Cal State LA students raise money, walk to increase awareness about mental illness

The Cal State LA Association of Student Social Workers (ASSW) recently participated in an outreach effort that raised money and public awareness about the stigma of mental illness. They collected and donated nearly $1,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). 

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. It advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research. NAMI affiliates and volunteer leaders work in local communities across the country to raise awareness as well as to provide essential and free education, advocacy and support.

On October 3, Team Cal State LA ASSW gathered at 8:45 a.m. in downtown Los Angeles at Grand Park. ASSW Faculty Advisor, Professor Joanne Altschuler, social work students, family members, and friends marched through neighboring streets in a 5K walk, proudly displaying Cal State LA’s support for NAMI. 

The outreach effort exemplifies Cal State LA’s mission of engagement, service, and the public good. It also reflects ASSW’s commitment to the National Association of Social Work’s Professional Code of Ethics and the fact that professional social workers constitute the majority of mental health workers in the U.S.