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