Welcome to the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program Website.

CCC SMHP is a statewide student mental health program being implemented within the California community colleges. CCC SMHP is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) initiatives funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). CalMHSA is an organization of California counties working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. CCC SMHP is based on three strategic directions targeting faculty, staff, and students in all 114 California community colleges.

  1. Broadly market and disseminate Each Mind Matters (EMM) resources and tools.
  2. Provide training and technical assistance to increase local adoption and promotion of existing and customized EMM tools and resources.
  3. Leverage existing regional networks to increase college and partner engagement in CCC SMHP and EMM efforts.

CCC SMHP is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) and the Foundation for Community Colleges (Foundation).

County Profiles:

New! County Profile PDFs Now Available

The California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) for the Health Services Association - California Community Colleges (HSACCC) has created these interactive County Profiles to provide an individualized snapshot of prevention and early intervention resources that are available to your faculty, staff, and students. Read more about what's included in the Profile and how this tool can be used to support mental health efforts in your county.


New! Crisis Text Line Webinar (Archived Recording)

The Chancellor's Office, in partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, is currently working with the Crisis Text Line, a national organization that facilitates text-based mental health support. The goal of the collaboration is to implement a Crisis Text Line service specifically targeting California community college students. In this recorded webinar session, faculty and staff can learn about this newly available service and the Crisis Text Line Toolkits that have been distributed to various campus departments, including health centers, mental health centers, and Veteran Resource Centers.

The toolkits include extensive outreach collateral materials to be displayed at multiple locations throughout each of the 113 CCC. The outreach materials are designed to inform students about the Crisis Text Line services, and instructs the students to text the word "courage" to a designated number. Students accessing the text service will be able to receive immediate and ongoing support from trained Crisis Text Line counselors, available 24/7. Additional information about the Crisis Text Line service is available at http://www.crisistextline.org.

New! Congratulations to 2017 Directing Change Winners and Participants from the CCCs

Directing Change, a program of Each Mind Matters, has announced the winners of its 2017 film contest. The youth and young adult filmmakers and their advisors will be honored at a screening and award ceremony on May 11, 2017. The Directing Change Program and Film Contest engages students and young people throughout California to learn about the topics of suicide prevention and mental health in an innovative way: a film contest. Youth are challenged to critically analyze key components of suicide prevention and how best to communicate these in their films. Once created, films are used in schools and communities to raise awareness and start conversations about these topics.

Mount San Jacinto College student filmmaker AJ Dela Cruz received third place in the Youth and Young Adult - Suicide Prevention category and was recognized at the award ceremony for his film, Timeless. His advisor was Matt Leyden, Career Technical Education (CTE) Counselor/Cooperative Workforce Experience Education Coordinator at Mount San Jacinto College. We also wish to recognize the students and advisors from Riverside City College and San Bernardino Valley College who submitted films for the contest.

New! Visit the New SanaMente.org!

Each Mind Matters is excited to announce the relaunch of SanaMente.org, its Spanish-language counterpart. SanaMente, which means both "healthily" and "Mind-Healthy," was developed to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking in California’s Latino communities. The website features culturally competent Spanish-language resources, information about mental health challenges, and testimonies of individuals in recovery.

¿Qué es SanaMente? Somos millones de personas y miles de organizaciones que comparten una visión conjunta de crear una comunidad donde todos se sienten cómodos buscando la ayuda que se merecen.

New! Our Stories of Our Strength

Active Minds is partnering with the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE) to create a book featuring stories of young adults (college students or recent alum) with lived mental health experiences.

If you know anyone who may be interested in collaborating as an author of this book, please let them know about the opportunity to submit an paragraph outlining their story!

More information and submission form can be found at www.activeminds.org/storybook

New Resource – Promoting Student Mental Health: A Guide for UC Faculty and Staff
The University of California (UC) has developed a new mental health handbook that provides in-depth information about mental health and examines the role faculty and staff can play in providing a supportive academic environment and assisting students who may be in distress. The guide includes examples of what to say when approaching a student, outlines common mental health concerns, explores how culture impacts mental wellness, and offers instructional tips and classroom strategies for how faculty and staff can avoid causing undue stress.
Spotlight on: Ohlone College
Ohlone College developed a brief, animated video called Welcome to STEP Up Ohlone!! to introduce the work of their STEP Up (Students Together in Education Prevention) program. The STEP Up Ohlone program aims to bolster interconnectedness on campus, prevent suicides, and de-stigmatize the seeking of mental health services at Ohlone College.


Campus Mental Health Basics: A Primer for California Community College Faculty and Staff

The California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) has created the mental health 101 primer as a snapshot of prevention and early intervention resources available to support community college student mental health efforts. The Primer is intended to be used as a tool in the college and county’s ongoing mental health promotion, prevention, and awareness efforts.

Resources for Undocumented Students

The California State University developed this webpage as a centralized source of information for California college students who are undocumented. Some of the information is specific to CSU students, but the Legal Support Services section has contact information for local agencies statewide that can provide free immigration legal services to any students.

New Resource for CCC Students: Health Journey Guided Imageries

Seven select Health Journeys Guided Imageries are now available free to all CCC students. These are guided meditation recordings that students can download to their devices and listen to at any time. This evidence-based intervention is targeted to the challenges that CCC students say interfere with their academic success - stress, sleep deprivation, procrastination - as well as depression and anxiety. Please share this link and password with your students.

Download the Guided Imageries: https://www.healthjourneys.com/Store/BulkDownload/?txtPassword=CCCwellness4u

FAQs: What's Guided Imagery?

CA Community College Programs, Practices, and Policies Database promo

This searchable database will provide information on the many programs, services, practices, events, tools, and documents that colleges are implementing to address mental health intervention and prevention services for students.

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Foundation for California Community Colleges Healthy Transitions Curriculum

Healthy Transitions curriculum is aimed at providing training and peer-to-peer support for transitioning foster care youth related to wellness and self-care. Through a combination of training and peer-to-peer support, Healthy Transitions serves to support these young people physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

If you would like to receive regular updates, please email kdecelle@cars-rp.org, to be added to the CCC SMHP monthly newsletter.

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At-Risk Suicide Prevention
Online Trainings

At-Risk Suicide Prevention Online Trainings

At-Risk is an online interactive gatekeeper training that uses virtual students and role-playing simulations to prepare learners to recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and manage a conversation with the student with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support service.

To see if Kognito courses are available on your campus, please visit https://ccc.kognito.com.

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Funded by CalMHSA, this program offers cost-free technical assistance to increase local adoption and promotion of existing and customized EMM tools and resources to the CCC campuses.

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Content accuracy, initial vetting of external links, photographs and graphic images (copyright), files, program, and downloadables, libel and defamation.
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