Project OCEAN’s Beach Buddies

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Beach Buddy is a peer mentoring program that offers students a new way to connect with other students for emotional support and mental health resources. The program is a collaboration of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), Couseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the CSULB Division of Student Affairs (DSA) and Mental Health America - Los Angeles (MHALA), who recently secured a Mental Health Partnership Grant from the CSU Chancellors Office.

Program Goals

  • Increase awareness of mental health 
  • Increase accessibility of on-campus resources
  • Help de-stigmatize mental health on CSULB campus

"Project OCEAN's (On-Campus Emergency Assistance Network) mission is to provide effective peer mentoring services to students and educate the campus on suicide prevention. The peer mentors, or Beach Buddies, promote mental health and wellness of fellow students by providing one-on-one mentoring, drop-in connection spaces, lead workshops related to mental health, and facilitate trainings on suicide prevention."