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.
- Educate the campus on suicide prevention through trainings
- Increase help-seeking behavior
- Increase awareness of mental health and stigma reduction
- Increase accessibility of on-campus resources such as CAPS
A little history About Us
Project OCEAN (On Campus Emergency Assistance Network) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was initiated in September, 2008 and was a federally funded program that focused on campus suicide prevention. The program was funded by SAMHSA in 2008 and ended in 2011.
From 2012-2014, Project OCEAN was state-funded by the voter approved Mental Health Services Act, Prop 63. It is one of several Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Initiatives implemented by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
The activities of Project OCEAN are designed to strengthen and fill gaps in existing services to “expand the safety net” for students vulnerable to mental health crises.
Project OCEAN supports the mental health concerns of all students.