The grant is one of several prevention and early intervention statewide initiatives funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and implemented by CalMHSA, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
The CSU systemwide initiative aims to address the mental health needs of CSU students in collaboration with state and county services by developing curriculum and training, peer-to-peer support programs, and suicide prevention tools.
With CalMHSA funding, the SHC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at CSULA will develop a campus-wide suicide prevention and response plan, to educate the campus community about mental health issues and risks, and establish a referral base of mental health resources within the community.
“One of our main efforts will be to engage the entire CSULA community in completing an online one-hour program on suicide prevention techniques,”
A decal will provide faculty and staff members who complete the training a way to represent CSULA as “a caring community.”
“To help students, we are planning to use the online mental health training, Kognito, in addition to in-person presentations and workshops by our CAPS counselors over the coming year,” said Dr. Fries. “It is important for us to intervene early on to help our students adjust, cope and succeed.”
According to a 2012 study by the American College Counseling Association (http://www.collegecounseling.org/
“With the stress of balancing the responsibilities of work, school and family, students can be so overwhelmed that it may lead to feelings of helplessness and depression,”
CAPS provide professional and confidential assistance geared toward students’ personal growth and psychological wellness. CAPS specializes in mental health services, which can help students express thoughts and feelings, gain perspective, alleviate emotional symptoms, improve coping skills, and make healthy life changes. For CAPS services: http://www.calstatela.edu/
CalMHSA operates services and education programs on a statewide, regional and local basis. For more information, visit http://www.calmhsa.org/
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