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Our Mission

Project 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 a peer education program in the Counseling and Psychological Services department within the Division of Student Affairs and 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.

Volunteer with Project OCEAN

Volunteering opportunities are available for all interested students!

Please fill out this form to get involved and stay updated on all OCEAN events!

Trainings and Workshops

QPR Suicide Prevention Training 2019


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 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.

Open Session Training Dates:
Mon. September 30, 2019: 12:30pm-2:30pm in USU 305

Tues. October 15, 2019: 9:30am-11:30am in USU 205

Mon. October 28, 2019: 11:00am-1:00pm in USU 303

Tues. November 12, 2019: 11:00am-1:00pm in USU 307

Tues. November 26, 2019: 11:00am-1:00pm in USU 205

Tues. December 3, 2019: 9:30am-11:30am in USU 205

RSVP for one of these dates, please Click Here!

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 from 5:30PM - 8:30PM @ Friendship Walk

Light the Night with Hope is a celebration of hope and mental wellness where the campus community will have the opportunity to participate in a fun-filled evening. There will be free food, music, giveaways, and wellness activities. This year’s theme is inspired by the sunset as we aim to cultivate hope, community, and a sense of connection on campus.

Volunteer with us for the Light The Night With Hope!

We are currently recruiting volunteers and are interested in having you join us! Volunteer opportunities include preparation, set-up, clean-up, and/or facilitating mental wellness activities. Please note that attending an orientation is required in order to volunteer at this event. Orientation dates and shift times are listed on our sign-up sheet.

If interested, please click here to sign up!

Feel free to email our Volunteer Coordinators, Cristy Tran at & Mlou Aquino at if you have any questions.

We appreciate your support and hope to have you light the night with us!

Past Events

Live Your Life, April 16th 2019 from 11AM-2PM at Central Quad

Live Your Life Day 2019 - PDF

Tuesday, April 16th 2019
from 11AM-2PM @

Central Quad


Live Your Life Day is a celebration of life and mental wellness. You will have an opportunity to participate in a day of fun-filled activities, connect with other students, and learn about resources to support your mental health. There will be FREE FOOD, MUSIC, THERAPY DOGS, WELLNESS ACTIVITIES & MORE!


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 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.

Training Dates: TBA


OCEAN Wellness Wagon: Taking Time for You Tuesdays!

Want to learn helpful tips and fun exercises on how to manage your stress? How about different communication strategies to improve interpersonal relationships? Or are you interested in learning how to form healthy relationships with those around you? Drop by any of the times below and take a little time for yourself on Tuesdays with Project OCEAN!

Dates: TBA


Helpful Resources After Tragic and Disasterous Events

Please know that Counseling and Psychological Services has on-call counselors available if you feel the need to talk with someone about your emotional response to these events. Please call CAPS at (562) 985-4001 or walk in during our office hours (8:30am - 4:30pm) to speak with a counselor. After hours, you can call our phone number to speak with a phone counselor if you feel you are in crisis.

Helpful Resources

For the Community (Off Campus)

Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 

Or text TalkWithUs to 66746 

Immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The hotline is a toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

2-1-1 (dial in any county in California for local referrals)

Free confidential referral and information helpline that provides information about local community resources including counseling and mental health. 

U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services:


Contact if you are concerned about loved ones living or traveling in France. (U.S. citizens)

For Students and Staff/Faculty (On Campus)

Counseling and Psychological Services: 562-985-4001

Brotman Hall Room 226

Staff and Faculty Assistance Program:  562-985-7434

A free, confidential resource to help you resolve personal, family, or work-related problems. By appointment only.

Center for International Education:  562-985-4106
Brotman Hall 201

Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma

Disaster Helpline Brochure

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 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 in 2014 to institutionalize and fund OCEAN as a permanent program through Student Affairs. Thank you for all of your support!