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