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To help ones seasonal depression, it helps to talk to people that are trusted. Graphic by: Christian Montecino

‘Tis the season for seasonal depression

Christian Montecino and Emily Sevaaetasi December 14, 2023

What is seasonal depression and how can it be prevented? Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder, is a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs around the same time...

Seasonal depression can make people feel stuck in their house and their thoughts. Darkness makes people feel much more tired making them stay in bed and be less productive. Graphic by: Lourdes Almalab

Seasonal Depression affecting VHS students in the winter season

Lourdes Almalab January 24, 2023

Dialing in on why weather can affect our emotions Seasonal depression is characterized as a mood disorder that reoccurs at the same time every year and it is a serious mental health issue that affects...

The Mental Health Awareness Club held its first meeting on Jan. 24, 2022. The club is in its second year of operation. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

VHS Mental Health Awareness Club to begin its “Pour out your subconscious” project

Alejandro Hernandez January 23, 2023

The MHAC club is searching for help in completing its project The VHS Mental Health Awareness Club has begun planning its upcoming “Pour out your subconscious” project. The project will focus on allowing...

The services shown are all the resources that the 211 operators can connect people to. Graphic by: Brody Daw

211, saving lives since 2005

Brody Daw September 23, 2022

The local helpline 211VC connects all callers to resources that they can utilize within their lives An average of 49.9 percent of adolescents have had mental health issues at some point within their lives....

Bradley Orozco 23 said, “I joined the Safe Space Club because I think its cool to have a place where you can just say how youre feeling and where you can be honest and stuff. I like that theres fun people who wont judge and I like the mutual agreement of ‘whatever happens in the club stays in the club.’ I feel safe talking about my problems because seeing other people talk about theirs, lets me know they trust me and I can trust them. Graphic by: Samantha Castañeda

Club feature: The Safe Space Club helps students find their safe space

Samantha Castañeda June 20, 2022

The Safe Space Club recently joined the VHS club scene The Safe Space Club is a place where students can go and talk about anything; whether it be about their personal life, anything that has been on...

Sophomore Kalea Kenton said, It was pretty difficult to start the club because of bad timing and it took ASB quite some time to approve it. Photo by: Kalea Kenton

Students for better mental health

Alejandro Hernandez January 26, 2022

Mental health awareness club holds their first meeting On Jan. 24, the mental health awareness club held their first meeting in room 171 at Ventura High School during lunch. The club is newly founded,...

Its the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the “most wonderful time” of the year

Avery Cameron November 18, 2021

The holidays are supposed to be a merry and bright, positive, holly and jolly time and yet 64% of people with mental illness in the US report holidays make their conditions worse, according to a National...

Freshman Isabella Brito hiding her Snapchat behind her backpack in Mr. Billers third period math class. Photo by: Brody Daw

Is social media rotting us from within?

Brody Daw November 12, 2021

According to VHS students, negative mental health is a result of the drastic impact of social media “TV will rot your brain.” Many have heard this quote, but does it actually, and is it the same with...

Let’s make the best of online school!

Let’s make the best of online school!

Caroline Marsden August 17, 2020

The upcoming online semester may seem dreary, but it has some serious advantages. Yes, quarantine sucks, but we can make the best of it! Before people were begging to go back to “real school,” everyone...

Ventura High students will be using the program Canvas for the fall semester. Drawing by: Katie Medina

Crack open your computers, school is in session

Katie Medina and Riley Ramirez August 17, 2020

VUSD shares new details regarding the fall closure. Ventura Unified School District has introduced multiple learning programs during the school closure and has recently presented two programs that are...

The transition to online learning has been hard for many VHS students who find it difficult to stay motivated. Photo by: Anna Guerra

Opinion: Mental health should be a bigger priority during quarantine

Anna Guerra May 3, 2020

Sure, academics are important, but what’s the use of passing your math quiz if you can’t get out of bed? VUSD announced its closure of all schools and programs on March 12, due to the Covid-19 pandemic....

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