Identifying and Referring At-Risk Students PSA

Public Service Announcements

CCC SMHP has released five PSA videos to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and prevent suicide on CCC campuses. Each PSA is linked to its corresponding resource page that contains relevant links for CCC students, faculty, and staff.

This PSA is intended to help faculty and staff feel more comfortable in approaching students who may be considering suicide. In this video, a professor seeks advice from a colleague before discussing his concerns with an at-risk student and connecting the student with services.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

This is a free, 24-hour hotline that is available to anyone in crisis or distress.

At-Risk Suicide Prevention Online Trainings

Faculty, staff, and students on many campuses have no-cost access to several At-Risk Suicide Prevention Online Trainings through the CCC Student Mental Health Program. 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.

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If you are concerned that a student may be experiencing a mental health challenge, or if you are interested in promoting mental health on your campus, the resources below can help. Visit, California's mental health movement, for many more resources and ways to participate in mental health awareness, promotion, and advocacy.

Downloadable CCC SMHP Resources on Supporting Student Mental Health

Student Mental Health: An Important Element of Student Success

This brief, research-based guide explains why student mental health services are not only needed to support the psychological wellbeing of students—they are also an important part of academic success and retention.

Collaboration Toolkit: California Community Colleges and California County Behavioral and Mental Health Departments

The toolkit is intended to support successful collaborations by providing: information on how community college and county staff can find the most appropriate people in each other’s organizations with whom to build collaborations that will better meet CCC student mental health needs; tools and processes that will guide and facilitate building a successful, sustainable partnership; and best practices for addressing the unique circumstances for colleges and county behavioral and mental health departments located in urban, mid‐sized, and rural communities.

Supporting Students from Diverse Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds

A majority of CCC students are from historically marginalized and underserved racial and ethnic groups. This publication provides an overview of the mental health disparities, cultural beliefs and practices, best and emerging practices, and resources and supports related to diverse students.

Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students

This guide provides a brief overview of the risk and protective factors for LGBTQ youth and young adults, as well as programs and online resources that are available to help campuses support these students.

Supporting Student Veterans

More than 44,000 veterans, active duty military, reservists, and dependents are enrolled in CCCs. This resource will help campuses support the mental health of this student group.

Supporting Transition-Age Foster Youth

Youth exiting the foster care system may be more at risk for some mental and behavioral health problems and less likely to have access to a support system than other CCC students. This publication helps campuses prepare to assist these youth.

Culturally Responsive Services for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Student Success

Proactive education regarding mental health concerns along with strategies to effectively address them is essential. This guide outlines resources for providing culturally responsive services to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students.

At-Risk Students Resources

Know the Signs

Know the Signs is a CalMHSA-funded campaign to encourage reaching out to someone who may be considering suicide. Resources include warning signs for different age groups as well as wording to use when discussing suicide with someone whom you believe is at risk.

MY3 Mobile App

Know the Signs developed this app in collaboration with Santa Clara County and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to connect users to their support networks when they have thoughts of suicide. The free app also includes a customizable safety plan and resources page.

The Trevor Project

Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. 1-866-488-7386

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation's mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students. Their website has resources for students, campus professionals, and others. They have also partnered with mtvU to create a campaign with mental health stories from students and musical artists, Half of Us:

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI provides resources and education around mental health conditions, warning signs, and supports.

Each Mind Matters - Additional Resources on Student Mental Health

EMM has a useful catalog of programs and resources related to student mental health. Click on "Find Programs & Resources," then enter "Student Mental Health" in the "Topic" search field.

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