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Raising awareness of Community College mental health needs.

Implemented in 2011, the California Community Colleges Health and Wellness program is a statewide effort focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies which address the mental health needs of California community college students and advance the collaboration between community colleges and community based agencies. The program was orginally funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) as one of several Prevention and Early Intervention Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of California counties working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. This program is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation.

The CCC Health and Wellness program is based on the three strategic directions: 1) faculty and staff training, 2) peer-to- peer support, and 3) prevention and early intervention. In addition, the CCC Health and Wellness program includes an evaluation component designed to assess service effectiveness and identify unmet mental health service needs of California community college students.

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California Community College Health and Wellness Program 

Implemented in 2011, the California Community College Health and Wellness program (formerly called the California Community College Student Mental Health Program CCC SMHP) is a statewide effort focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies which address the mental health needs of California community college students and advance the collaboration between community colleges and community based agencies, in particular. The CCC Health and Wellness program is funded by the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). The CCC SMHP is a partnership between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Foundation for Community Colleges.

The California Community Colleges Health and Wellness program is based on the three strategic directions targeting faculty, staff and students in all 116 California Community Colleges (CCC). These strategies are: 1) broadly market and disseminate mental health and PEI resources and tools; 2) provide training and technical assistance to increase local adoption and promotion of existing and customized tools and resources; and 3) leverage existing regional networks to increase college and partner engagement in destigmatizing mental health awareness. In addition, the CCC Health and Wellness program includes an evaluation component designed to assess service effectiveness and identify unmet mental health service needs of CCC students.

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Crisis Text Line

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Crisis Text Line, the California Community College Chancellor's Office, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges are collaborating to provide free, text-based, confidential assistance to California Community College students. Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 text service which helps support students who may be experiencing a mental health challenge.

This campaign is working to increase awareness of the Crisis Text Line service at all 116 California Community Colleges. Awareness materials are available for download.
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Kognito

Kognito is a resource available to all California Community Colleges. It is a suite of five online, interactive, and research-proven training simulations are designed to educate our faculty, staff, and students about best practices in supporting

  • Students who struggle with psychological distress including depression and suicidal ideation,
  • Creating an inclusive work environment in which LGBTQ clients and staff feel safe, valued, and respected
  • Student veterans who are facing challenges in adjusting to college life.

Each training takes 30-60 minutes to complete and is structured as a virtual practice environment where users learn by engaging in interactive role-play conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars. The suite is available at no-cost to all California community college faculty, staff, and students. To promote Kognito at your campus, please utilize the digital toolkit to further promote this important tool. To register for Kognito, please visit https://ccc.kognito.com/.

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Wellness Ambassador Program

The California Community Colleges Wellness Ambassador Program trains community college students to serve as advocates for the mental health and wellness of their peers. Student Wellness Ambassadors support the California Community Colleges Health and Wellness program and are a part of California’s mental health movement Each Mind Matters.

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Wellness Central: Your Space at Your Pace

Wellness Central is a free health and wellness resource created especially for California Community College students.  This resource is for students to access in their space at their pace.

Wellness Central is an interaction resource that allows students to navigate the 6 Dimensions of Wellness.  To navigate this resource, click on the different topics: Academic, Financial, Spiritual, Emotional, Social and Physical. Within the 6 dimensions of wellness, students will then find subtopics that will connect the different areas of their wellbeing.

Wellness Central is not intended to replace professional medical advice regarding a specific medical condition or question. The resources and health information in these modules are intended to provide guidance and connect students with local services. 

Wellness Central is brought to you by HSACCC in partnership with the CVC-OEI and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

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Contact Us

Iris Aguilar
Executive Director, Equity and Community Impact
T: 916.325.1858
E: iaguilar@foundationccc.org


Cole Forstedt
Senior Manager, Equity
T: 916.491.4488
E: cforstedt@foundationccc.org

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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