Student Mental Health Initiative Higher Education Partners







In the spirit of the holidays and to promote cross system sharing, the December newsletter highlights student mental health practices and programs developed as part of the statewide Student Mental Health Initiative.  This includes websites, videos, publications, toolkits, programs, services, and events.


Happy Holidays from the CCC Student Mental Health Program!



Higher Education Partner Highlights







University of California's 

Student Mental Health Website


The website identifies helpful resources and promising practices for providers seeking to support students, faculty and staff. Samples of UC's best and most promising practices related to peer programming, faculty/staff training, student training, stigma reduction and suicide prevention are highlighted from all 10 campuses. 


For example:

  • Collegiate Recovery Programs - UC Riverside's Healing Highlander service-based peer program provides a safe, nurturing and open environment for students recovering from addictive disorders, helping them pursue their academic, personal and professional goals with the support of their fellow peers. Click here to view all peer programs.
  • Social Media - The social media page provide examples of how UC is engaging students in mental health awareness education online.
  • Red Folder Initiative - Download samples of our Red Folder quick reference guides developed by each campus to assist faculty/staff and graduate teaching/research assistants with recognizing and responding to students in distress. 

Don't forget to sign up for updates while you are on the site so you will be alerted when they add new resources!


Please visit the website here at to learn more. For more information, contact Taisha Caldwell, PhD. at



 Mental Health Mobile Apps for Colleges


Five UC campuses recently launched mental health mobile apps for students.  The phone apps make it easy to provide information on what to do if a student is encountering a mental health crisis or concerned about a friend.  The phone apps help students understand what distress looks like and connects them to nearby resources. One app was created leveraging in-house resources and the others were developed through a partnership with NASPA and eReadia.



 University of California

Videos and Public Service Announcements (PSAs)


UC invites non-UC mental health partners to download their videos through YouTube and utilize them for educational purposes with your population.  With technical support, you will be able to remove their campus contact information and replace it with contact information appropriate for your campus' needs.


Click here for more information.




New! Online Searchable Database 


This online searchable database will assist colleges, including CSU and UCs, in discovering what their colleagues across the community college system are doing to promote student mental health on campus.  The purpose of this product is to provide an easy, sustainable way for colleges to share programs, policies and practices, and to see at a glance which colleges are implementing certain strategies. This resource will be useful to college administrators, faculty, student health personnel, campus security, student/peer supporters, community based organizations, parents, and others with potential involvement in implementing student mental health strategies.


If you would like to submit a resource to include in the database, click here.








Save the Date! 

January 14, 2014 ~ 

C-SRRS for Suicide Risk Assessment 

View all archived webinar sessions here.



Scheduled Training Events


Best Practices in Campus Threat Assessment

Thursday, January 9, 2014

San Bernardino Valley College - San Bernardino, CA


The Gay Alliance SafeZone Train the Trainer

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Golden West College - Huntington Beach, CA



Each Mind Matters Speaker's Bureau


Speak Our Minds is an online resource for millions of Californians coming together to fight stigma and promote awareness, compassion and acceptance. Speak Our Minds makes it easy to find a mental health speaker, and offers tools to help speakers sharpen their stigma-fighting skills. Speak Our Minds is a product of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement. To find a speaker in your area, visit


Comprehensive List of Certified T4T Trainers


In need of a trainer? Click on the following link for a complete list of certified trainers in your county (Courtesy of the UC Office of the President).




   New! Spotlights


Spotlights offer a brief profile of innovative practices developed by California's community colleges. The profiles describe the features of the program and the process undertaken to develop, implement, and promote student mental and emotional health at your campus. 


If you would like to profile your institution's achievements in one of these publications, please complete the questionnaire online at:



Call us today to receive customized, no-cost training and technical assistance services for your campus at (855) 304-1647 or email us at









The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and Early Intervention programs implemented by CalMHSA are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). Prop. 63 provides the funding and framework needed to expand mental health services to previously underserved populations and all of California's diverse communities.





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