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.
- Increase awareness of mental health
- Increase accessibility of on-campus resources
- Help de-stigmatize mental health on CSULB campus
"Our mission is to provide effective peer mentoring services to the students who are experiencing questions and difficulties while pursuing academic degrees at CSULB. The peer mentors, or Beach Buddies will promote mental health and wellness of the fellow students by providing peer-to-peer mentoring and prevention programming."
What is a Beach Buddy?
Beach Buddies are certified peer educators who are familiar with on-campus resources and who work to create a culture and climate that acknowledges individual differences, de-stigmatizes mental health, and increases the likelihood of seeking support networks.
Beach Buddy Services
Peer Mentoring Virtual Services
New to campus? Need help navigating the new virtual resources? Stop by our peer mentoring hours to talk to a fellow Long Beach State Student who can help find answers to your questions, with you!
Our peer mentoring services hours are:
- Monday- Wednesday, 8AM - 4PM
- Thursday & Friday, RSVP options
CHHS Students Drop-in Hours
Six Beach Buddies, two graduate and four undergraduate students, are here to serve students of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).
To select a peer mentoring session, you must be logged into your CSULB SSO (Single Sign On) account.
Beach Buddy Mental Health and Wellness Workshops
Our mental heath and wellness workshops will serve to promote and practice health education, theory-based and evidence based practices, as well as high impact practices while cultivating a sense of community and social connection.
For more information on our Beach Buddy Mental Health and Wellness Workshops and a list of dates and times, visit our BeachSync page.
Although Beach Buddy peer mentoring sessions are a drop-in space for CHHS students who are experiencing questions and difficulties while pursuing academic degrees at CSULB, we are here to help any CSULB student who needs a little guidance on their next step, or someone to help find resources, together! Our Beach Buddies will direct students to the appropriate on-campus resources, and help students talk through concerns or difficulties they may be facing.
Disclaimer: Peer mentoring services are not counseling sessions, but a space where CSULB students can go to for resource referral, or for a friendly chat with a fellow student. Beach Buddy Services are not part of the student’s mental health records. Beach Buddy Services are not for crisis or urgent concerns. If you are in crisis or need immediate support, please call CAPS at (562) 985-4001. If CAPS is closed, please call CAPS be transferred to the CAPS after-hours crisis counselor.
Meet the Beach Buddies
Jessica Gonzalez (she, her, hers)
Major Counseling Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
Fun Fact I love dancing and have been a belly dancer for the past 4 years.
Goals and Self Care One thing I am looking forward to starting my graduate school journey at CSULB and making new friends and connections. One way I have practiced self-care during quarantine is I have been focusing more on my fitness and wellness by exercising more and learning how to cook healthier dishes.
Sukhman (Suky) Rekhi (she, her, hers)
Major M.A. Candidate in Psychology
Fun Fact I played basketball for 11 years but I was too short to make it to the WNBA (I'm 5'2”) so now I'm here pursuing a career in counseling.
Goals and Self Care This academic year, I am looking forward to so many things! I am really excited to be finishing up my course requirements and thesis and applying to Ph.D. programs. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Beach Buddy program and work with and get to know everyone. And lastly, I'm just hoping for a happy and smooth year before graduating and leaving for my next adventure. One way I have practiced self-care during quarantine is I bought an iPad for myself last Christmas and I originally bought it because I do calligraphy and wanted to practice digital lettering. I ended up using it to draw mostly and I'm in the process of starting an Etsy shop on the side. Also, I binge-watch a lot of shows to stay sane and am always looking for recommendations for new series.
David Garcia (he, him, his)
Major Business Management, Human Resources Management
Fun Fact I have a Siberian Husky named Gohan!
Goals and Self Care One thing I am looking forward to successfully completing my online classes for the upcoming academic year! One way I have practiced self-care during quarantine is taking Gohan (my dog) on walks and reading has made quarantine manageable.
Stephanie Hinojosa (she, her, hers)
Major Pre-Social Work
Fun Fact I am first generation student and the first woman in my family to attend a four-year university.
Goals and Self Care One thing I am looking forward to this year is applying for my major this spring. One way I have practiced self-care during quarantine is I began to write poetry, which is something I had stopped doing since middle school. I also caught up on all my book that I did not finish throughout the year.
Sarah Sasaki (she, her, hers)
Major Liberal Studies
Fun Fact I've watched Pride & Prejudice (the 1995 & 2005 versions) over 100 times.
Goals and Self Care One thing I am looking forward to this academic year is working with new students. One way I have practiced self-care during quarantine is video chat hangouts.
Briana Volpe (she, her, hers)
Major Liberal Studies
Fun Fact I rode a camel for the first time in Israel at the beginning of the year.
Goals and Self Care One thing I am looking forward to this academic year is graduation and figuring out what my next step is going to be. One way I have practiced self-care is I have picked up new hobbies such as painting and roller skating.