A chill lingered in the air on Oct. 26 as Del Mar College held its third annual Spooktacular Health Fair on the second floor of the Harvin Center.
The Counseling Center organized the event in hopes of providing students with the opportunity to meet with community health and support agencies. Over 20 vendors were invited, including the South Texas Family Planning and Health Clinic, the Corpus Christi LGBT, Amistad Community Health Center, AAA roadside assistance, and more that were able to tell students of the benefits offered to them.
Cynthia Gonzalez with the STFP clinic explained how students are given benefits that include free vaccines, especially to those who need them to enter a nursing program, as well as on-site medical services and prescriptions provided by them in house.
DMC Counselor Kandice Fricke-Sweetman took a dramatic part of the Counseling Center’s haunted house, as the suicide awareness mourner informing students that there is help.
“Our suicide prevention awareness lets students know that it is preventable. That there is a 1-800 number they could call and resources are available. No one has to die from suicide because there is so much available to help prevent it,” Fricke-Sweetman said.
Students were also given the opportunity to receive a flu shot for free, as those with their insurance cards on them were eligible to receive other immunizations at no cost.
“I think it’s very helpful because it gives all the information to those that might not even know about the all the programs that are out there right now and also the free clinic immunizations. Especially right now that I don’t have insurance, so that’s a really nice way to keep in touch with the students,” said Alex Ramon, radiology major.