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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.


Writing for Self-Discovery

Mon. Mar. 7, 2016 from 5-7:30pm

Location: LA1-102 - WGEC

This workshop is designed to teach you the skills to express yourself through writing in a way that allows you to find your voice. Often times, we forget that we are the protagonist in our life story and have the power to shape our experiences. Our facilitator, Karen Holden, will lead activities intended to help us reclaim our stories.

Body Positivity Fyler


To RSVP for this event, Click Here!


No Filter: Practicing Self-Care Through Photography

Tues. Mar. 22, 2016 from 2-3pm

Location: USU 205 AB

This workshop is intended to give you a different perspective on what it means to capture a picture. It's also a great way to self-care and document important people or things in your life. Learn to de-stress through photography! Free disposable cameras will be provided to participants. Sign up now as space is limited!

No Filter Fyler


To RSVP for this event, Click Here!


Let's Talk About Relationships

Wed. Mar. 2, 2016 6pm

Location: USU Ballroom

Relationships flyer


6th Annual Life Your Life Day

Tues. Apr 12, 2016 from 11am-2:30pm

Location: The Lawn in front of the Speaker's Platform

Live Your Life Day Flyer


Body Positivity Pop-Up Cafe

Wed. Feb. 24, 2016 from 1-3pm

Location: LA1-102 - WGEC

Join us for FREE coffee, tea, and pastries! Come relax and de-stress with some arts & crafts, mason jar decorating, coloring activities, or button-making, while learning how to develop and promote positive body image. Bring your friends!

Body Positivity Fyler


To RSVP for this event, Click Here!


Light the Night with HOPE

Thurs. Nov. 19, 2015 from 5:30-8pm

Location: The Friendship Walk in front of the USU

Come join COMM 337 students in supporting mental health through positivity in a "glow-in-the-dark" themed evening! Meet new friends by engaging in conversations about mental health. There will be glow-in-the-dark related games and activities, henna, music, face painting, and snacks.

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Candlelight of HOPE

Tues. Oct. 20, 2015 from 5-8pm

Location: The fountain in front of Brotman Hall

The Candlelight of HOPE is an evening of observance to support and remember those who have been impacted by suicide or other mental health related experiences. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate by lighting a candle and decorating a paper bag dedicated to someone in their life or to send a message of hope to those who are struggling.

In addition to volunteering for this event, we also encourage for our volunteers to be QPR certified in suicide prevention due to the sensitive nature of this event. QPR certification is free for all students so if you are interested in volunteering and are not yet QPR certified, our first QPR session is on Monday, October 12th from 12-2pm. To RSVP for this QPR training, Click Here!

To volunteer for the Candlelight of HOPE: Click Here!

Candlelight of Hope 2015


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!


Trainings and Workshops

OCEAN Wellness Workshops: Taking Time for You Tuesdays!

Want to learn helpful tips and 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? Come and take care of yourself with Project OCEAN!

To RSVP for these workshops, please Click Here!

TTYT Spring 2016 Flyer


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.

To RSVP for one of these dates, please Click Here!

QPR Spring 2016 Flyer


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 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

Tragedy in Paris

As the campus mourns the loss of our design student Nohemi Gonzalez in the Paris tragedy, 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.

Our hearts go out to all campus community members and the family of Nohemi who have been affected by this senseless tragedy in Paris.

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!