Being an instructor at Laney College can be tremendously stressful. Sometimes students can look at us as the gatekeepers that separate them from achieving their goals or merely as authority figures whose job is to weed them out. Either way misunderstandings such as these can lead to severe stress. Throw in the fact that a lot of our students are living below the poverty line and are struggling on a day-to- day basis just to provide for themselves and their families and you have the makings of a potentially high-pressure situation.
This is why the mental health services that are offered to Peralta Community College students AND EMPLOYEES are a great resource to have. Not only can you refer a student to seek professional help but you are entitled to receive professional help as well. Please remember that if you do not take care of yourself first then there is no way that you can take care of your classroom. Attached please see a list of available resources.