Mental Health Advocacy and Education
Whether it's a cut or a cough, most people are not ashamed to call the doctor for an appointment to get it looked at and possibly take a prescription to treat an illness. In fact, if we don't get medical attention our loved ones may comment that we are not taking good care of ourselves.
Health is about caring for the wellness of our whole being: body, mind, and soul. So, why might we hesitate to call a counselor to talk about stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, or to help us heal our emotional wounds or broken relationships?
Mental health advocacy is needed to address the stigma around accessing mental health services because not everyone has mental illness, but we all have mental health. Seeking a therapist to help us when we need support and guidance is a healthy and positive strategy for life long personal development and emotional balance.
Mental Health Education
Educational Repository: Digital, educational, communicative material to promote health and well-being among our Cuesta Community.
Student in crisis Quick Guide: Know the signs, assess for suicide, respond and give resources.
Take 30 minutes to complete the Kognito At-Risk Online Interactive Training and learn
techniques to identify and approach distressed students in order to take appropriate
action. Avatars will simulate a variety of scenarios to help you learn to:
-Recognize the common signs of emotional distress
-Approach peers with greater skill and confidence
-Effectively refer peers to campus mental health services
-Learn about college-specific mental health services and referral process
*follow the link and create an account to login and access the free training videos
Transitions Mental Health TMHA’s Education Programs offer a variety of classes and programs designed to provide support and insight into mental illness, promote wellness and recovery, and to provide people with tools to use in their recovery process.
Mental Health First Aid Free 12 hour Mental Health First Aid Training // (805) 540-6500
Peer to Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people living with a mental illness
who are interested in
establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
Family to Family Free training for families and/or support persons with a mentally ill loved one // (805) 440-3516
WRAP participants learn how to develop their own WRAP plan which they can use to help manage physical and/or emotional difficulties.
Get connected to community resources: www.211slo.org
National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
Equity in Mental Health: https://equityinmentalhealth.org/
General info on creating LGBTQ+ safe zones: https://outalliance.org/education-safezone/
Materials/Suicide Prevention: https://foundationccc.org/What-We-Do/Equity/Student-Mental-Health/Crisis-Text-Line-Awareness-Materials
Online QPR: https://qprinstitute.com/organization-training