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 113 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).

Upcoming Events:

New! Active Minds Invites You to Attend Send Silence Packing
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA
October 31, 2016: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Join us in starting a dialogue about suicide and encouraging everyone to reach out for help before it is too late.
More information | Download Event Flyer

New! Higher Education Student Mental Health Policy Day
Sacramento State and the California State Capitol
November 3, 2016: 9:00am-5:00pm

You are cordially invited to the Higher Education Student Mental Health Policy Day on Thursday, November 3rd. Throughout the day, you will collaborate with peers from all three systems of higher education in California, state legislators, professional lobbyists, mental health and youth engagement professionals, and others. We are working to engage the student voice to change the conversation about mental health policy and legislation.

Registration: $10 (early bird pricing until Oct. 12th) $15 regular registration. Includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from the Capitol.
The first 20 CCC students to register are FREE!
More information | Click here to register

New! Sign up for the Healthy Campus Challenge by November 1!

Pledge to outreach with your students about affordable health care, and your efforts might earn your campus recognition from the White House. The White House has announced the Healthy Campus Challenge to help reach uninsured college students during the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017).

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Colleges that complete all Healthy Campus Challenge outreach actions will receive a Healthy Campus certificate signed by the president and a chance to be recognized during Healthy Campus Day at the White House. Throughout the Open Enrollment period, the White House will highlight the work of participating colleges, especially community colleges.

Whether or not your CCC participates in the Healthy Campus Challenge, you can still help young adults learn about their options and enroll in health care coverage:

New! 2017 CCC Veterans Summit – Submit Proposals by November 10
March 9-10, 2017 – Sacramento, CA

The purpose of the Veterans Summit is to ensure information and effective practices can be shared between faculty, administrators, and staff who work with student veterans on CCC, CSU, and UC campuses. The Summit provides an opportunity to learn from those who have significant experience serving student veterans, the chance to make important contacts, and an opportunity to share and showcase effective practices.

This year, the Summit is launching four concurrent tracks: Leading Effective Programs, Technical Training and Assistance, Serving Students with Disabilities, and Health and Wellness. Visit the session proposal link below to view sample track session topics.

> Summit information and registration
> Propose a session by November 10

New! Funding Opportunity: Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grants
Apply by Wednesday, December 7

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention grants. The purpose of this program is to facilitate a comprehensive public health approach to prevent suicide in institutions of higher education. The grant is designed to assist colleges and universities in building essential capacity and infrastructure to support expanded efforts to promote wellness and help-seeking of all students. Additionally, this grant will offer outreach to vulnerable students, including those experiencing substance abuse and mental health problems who are at greater risk for suicide and suicide attempts. Up to15 awards are anticipated of up to $102,000 per year for up to 3 years.

> View the Announcement


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.
Infographic: Students of Color Feel Less Emotionally Prepared for College
The Jed Foundation and the Steve Fund have released survey data demonstrating the critical need for mental health supports for students of color. They will develop comprehensive guidelines to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and prevent suicide among this population.


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.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

In partnership with the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP), and Riverside Community College District, CCC SMHP has tailored five PSAs to focus on the mental health needs of CCC students. The Supporting Student Veterans PSA was originally created by The Jed Foundation and mtvU, the Work in Progress PSA was originally created by Riverside Community College District and Brink Films, and all other PSAs were originally developed by UCOP.

Customizable PSAs are now available for download! You can now customize the PSAs to include your campus branding and local resources, such as the phone number for your health center, a link to your campus mental health resource page, or contact info for your campus mental health clubs.

Campuses are encouraged to feature the PSAs on their websites, share the PSAs through their social media pages and newsletters, and show the PSAs at campus events.

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.

Do you believe that each mind matters?

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.

The Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) is responsible for the content of the page, including but not limited to:
Content accuracy, initial vetting of external links, photographs and graphic images (copyright), files, program, and downloadables, libel and defamation.
For questions or comments concerning this website, please contact CARS at (855) 304-1647 or email kdecelle@cars-rp.org.