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Our Mission


roject OCEAN's (On-Campus Emergency Assistance Network) mission is to educate the campus on suicide prevention and promote a climate that reduces the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness and encourages students to seek help when needed. We are here to support our CSULB campus by providing resources and increasing knowledge of issues related to mental health through trainings, workshops, campus events, and peer-to-peer programs.


Volunteering opportunities are available for all interested students!

Please fill out this form to get involved and stay updated on all OCEAN Events! Click Here!


Mental Health First Aid - 8 hr. Certification

The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive session which runs 8 hours. It is conducted as two four-hour events spaced over two weeks. Mental Health First Aid certification introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problem and builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments.

Participants will learn:

  1. The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
  2. An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
  3. A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care

We offer three options to be certified in MHFA:

  1. Monday Sessions 1 & 2: Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 from 9am-1pm at the Barrett Conference Room aka Pyramid Annex
  2. Thursday Sessions 1 & 2: Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 from 9am-1pm at the Barrett Conference Room aka Pyramid Annex
  3. Friday Sessions 1 & 2: Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 from 9am-1pm Location Barrett Conference Room aka Pyramid Annex

*You need to attend both sessions 1 and 2 in order to be MHFA Certified and keep the MHFA training book.

Space is limited as we will only have room for 15 participants per session.

To RSVP, please click here.

MHFA Training


NEW for Staff and Faculty: QPR Suicide Prevention Training!

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save
thousands of lives each year, QPR Gatekeepers learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help. Be a QPR
Gatekeeper this Fall semester! The certification is free for all staff and faculty!

Project OCEAN has trained a cadre of faculty, staff, and students in appropriate referral strategies using the QPR Training Model. Your participation plays a very significant role in creating that safety net in preventing suicide on our campus.

To attend this workshop, please register here!

QPR for staff and faculty


Friends Helping Friends Workshops for Fall 2014!

What is anxiety? What are the different types of eating disorders? How do I help a friend who's struggling with alcohol or substance use? What are the symptoms? What do the warning signs look like? What can I do to help?

Register here to attend our workshop and find out!

Friends Helping Friends


QPR Suicide Prevention Training!

Project OCEAN provides QPR Sessions (Question, Persuade, and Refer) throughout the semester to equip students with information about the different warning signs, resources, and ways to support those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. QPR is a 90-minute training on how to identify  symptoms/warning signs of someone who may be at risk for suicide and how to refer the student to seek help. After attending the training, you will be QPR certified for 3 years as a Gatekeeper. Aside from being able to provide great and effective support, being QPR certified will also look great on your resume because it is nationally recognized.


Fall 2014 dates:

-Thurs. October 2, 2014 from  2:30pm-2:00pm at USU 304

-Mon. October 6, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm at USU 203

-Thurs. October 23, 2014 from  12:30pm-2:00pm at USU 304

-Mon. October 27, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm USU 303

-Thurs. November 6, 2014 from 12:30pm-2:00pm USU 304

-Mon. November 24, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm USU 303


To RSVP for one of these dates, please click on the flyer below or Click Here!

Fall 2014 QPR Workshops



CSU Candlelight of HOPE

Tues. Oct. 21, 2014 from 5-8pm

The fountain in front of Brotman Hall

Come light a candle to give comfort and support to those who have been affected by suicide. We will be decorating candlelight paper bags and writing words of hope and encouragement to our entire CSU wide campus community.


If you are interested in volunteering for the Candlelight of HOPE, please sign up here.

CSU Candlelight of HOPE


World Suicide Prevention Day

Wed. Sept. 10, 2014 from 11am-2pm

The fountain in front of Brotman Hall

Come join us in front of the fountain at Broman Hall to learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day and how you can be an advocate!

World Suicide Prevention Day




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.

Project OCEAN is now here to stay! Based on the impact of OCEAN’s work on campus and your student voices in supporting the continuation of Project OCEAN, Cal State Long Beach has made the decision to institutionalize and fund OCEAN as a permanent program through Student Services. Thank you for all of your support!