Storytelling can be very healing. Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) invites you to share your experience through multimedia. CARS especially welcomes diverse and differently impacted voices, including students and young adults.
Student Wellness Ambassadors
Mental Health Connector connects undocumented young people with 1:1 psychological support
Virtual Wellness Gatherings help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another.
The Each Mind Matters annual social media contest is back! In March, we’ll once again invite our social media followers to help reduce stigma around mental health by showing some lime green love. It’s time to turn social media lime green!
Santa Monica College, a long time beneficiary of CalMHSA-funded projects through Active Minds, the Foundation for CA Community Colleges, and others, is among the esteemed Healthy Campus Aware winners. In fact, SMC was the highest-scoring campus of all of the applicants among a very competitive field.
The system’s latest mental health initiative, the California Community Colleges Student Wellness Ambassadors Program, trains students to serve as advocates for their peers’ mental health and wellness. Funded by CalMHSA, the 2017-2018 ambassador cohort of 17 students hosted events, tabled, and conducted outreach to more than 20,000 students across the system. This year, 20 new ambassadors were selected from over 200 applicants to continue the work.
This tool is designed to help all CCC select strategies for establishing or growing their college’s mental health services. It includes guided reflection questions, suggested strategies and programs for every level of readiness, and further resources and trainings your college can use.
The goal as a mental health ambassador was to create buzz and awareness about the different resources that are out there in our community, on and off campus. On May 3 as part of mental health awareness month, Bakersfield College and SHAWAC On May 3, 2019, Student Ambassadors hosted an event that gave a lot of cool gadgets and information to help relieve some stress. There were also some moments of truth when asking the students if they knew we had mental health counselors on campus and if they knew where it was located.
Being a Student Wellness Ambassador and a peer health educator at Moreno Valley College has opened up many opportunities. Before this program, not many students were well informed or equipped with resources on things like knowing the signs or how to cope with stress, and Mercedes Barbara is proud to have changed that during her year as a Student Ambassador at Moreno Valley College.
Two Student Wellness Ambassadors shared their perspective on this new program: “The momentum that we feel in trying to get this movement started on campus is palpable, and watching our friends take the lead in networking with students and step into leadership roles has been inspiring.”