The California Community Colleges Student Wellness Ambassador Program is a component of the California Community Colleges Health & Wellness. The Student Wellness Ambassador Program trains CCC students to serve as advocates and conduct peer outreach for mental health and wellness.
Student Wellness Ambassadors are trained in mental health and wellness topics in preparation for a semester of service. Activities include:
- Working to decrease stigma around mental health
- Collaborating with a faculty adviser
- Planning and conducting outreach for mental health events and activities
- Disseminating mental health and wellness information from Each Mind Matters, SanaMente, and other sources
- Connecting peers to available campus and statewide resources
News & Announcements
Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at Moreno Valley College
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.
Mercedes Barbara, Student Wellness Ambassador
Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at Bakersfield College
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.
From Mataalofa Hubbard and Annette Brasher, Student Wellness Ambassadors, and Raymond Purcell, Advisor, at Bakersfield College
Spotlight on Student Wellness Ambassadors at College of the Canyons
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.”
Words by Jessica Cabanos and Laura Praskin
CCC Health & Wellness and the Student Wellness Ambassador Program is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and is administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) on behalf of California counties and cities.