Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

In partnership with the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP), CCC SMHP has tailored four PSAs to focus on the mental health needs of CCC students. The Student Veterans PSA was originally created by The Jed Foundation and mtvU, while all other PSAs were originally developed by UCOP.

New! 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.

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! Tuesday-Wednesday, May 10-11, 2016
Mental Health Matters Month Event at College of the Canyons

All colleges and the community are welcome to attend College of the Canyons' Shine a Light event, held in honor of Mental Health Matters Month. Activities will include a lantern-lighting ceremony representing the 1,100 college students who lose their lives to suicide each year, as well as a guest speech from Kevin Berthia, grateful suicide survivor and suicide prevention advocate. Mr. Berthia has been featured on multiple media outlets, including a 2015 TEDxTalk entitled "The Impact of Listening."

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New! August 26 & 27, 2016
NAMI California Annual Conference - Burlingame, CA

Learn the latest news, research and breakthroughs in mental health! The 2016 NAMI California Annual Conference will feature a variety of tracks, inspirational speakers and educational workshops.

More information and registration


New! Quick Look: Value of Student Mental Health
A new infographic illustrates the widespread benefits of CalMHSA's investment in student mental health. According to a recent RAND evaluation, CalMHSA's investment in student mental health programs for California college students is making a difference. Students, schools, and all of California benefit from each dollar invested in prevention and early intervention programs developed by CalMHSA. A key finding of the report stated that based on a benefit cost analysis, the societal benefit of the increase in treatment and the corresponding decrease in dropouts is estimated to be as high as $56 million for each year of CalMHSA's investment.
New! 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.
"EMM Launches New Video: "What is Stigma?"
EMM's latest video explains what stigma is and how it can stand in the way of seeking help. Half of us will deal with a mental health challenge, all of us have a reason to speak openly and honestly about mental health.
"New State of Mind" Documentary Wins Audience Choice Award
CalMHSA's documentary "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness" was recently awarded the Audience Choice Award of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) 2015 film festival in Denver last month.
Each Mind Matters Completes "How-To" Video Series, Spotlighting the Movement
The three-part series of short, easy-to-understand videos informs viewers of California's Mental Health Movement, how to start a conversation about mental health and how to use social media to spread awareness.


New! Culturally Responsive Services for AAPI Student Success PDF

This fact sheet will provide a quick reference summarizing the mental-health related challenges experienced by Asian American Pacific Islander youth in college, and resources available to support them.

New! Addressing Student Mental Health: Begin with a Needs Assessment PDF

This fact sheet provides information, recommendations, and tips on the purpose, benefits, and ways to conduct needs assessments, with particular focus on assessing student mental health and resources and capacity. This document synthesizes information on standardized surveys and SMHP-specific surveys to conduct these assessments, and provides additional resources.

New! Paper Survey Implementation Guide for California Community Colleges PDF

This guide is intended for California Community College faculty and staff planning to conduct the paper survey for their needs assessments efforts. It includes information about survey planning, logistics, and implementation.

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

The purpose of this document is to build collaborations that will better meet student mental health needs. The Toolkit provides information on how colleges and local County Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) staff can find the best people in each other's organizations to build collaborations that will better meet student mental health needs. The Toolkit provides tools, processes, and tips on addressing the special or unique circumstances for colleges and mental health departments, as opposed to a standard formula since each college, county, and surrounding community are all very different.

Supporting Students from Diverse Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds PDF

This publication outlines best and emerging practices and resources for community colleges' mental health staff to support students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. This publication will present some common barriers related to mental health shared by students from historically marginalized racial and ethnic backgrounds, and will describe how resources specific to the community college system can help support their access to mental health services.

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.

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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.

Contact CCC SMHP
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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.

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