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Project OCEAN (On Campus Emergency Assistance Network)


Project OCEAN serves CSULB by promoting a campus climate that reduces the stigma of mental health issues and encourages help seeking behaviors when needed. Project OCEAN hosts campus wide events to advocate stigma removal of mental illness. Project OCEAN is proud to present workshops on suicide prevention and supporting our peers who have mental health concerns. Volunteer opportunities are available for all interested students, staff and faculty.

Express Yourself Series

Express Yourself Spoken Word: We are interested in hearing your words!

Spoken Word flyer

Interested in performing? Present your piece at our Spoken Word event.

1. Submit a link to a 5-minute YouTube video of you performing your piece
(please consider using appropriate language).
2. Submit a complete transcription of your piece in 12-point font, double-spaced.
3. Please send all of the following information to Julio Fregoso
4. In the subject line of the email, please include the title: “Express Yourself Spoken Word” include in the body of your email the following information: Your full name, student ID #, email address, phone #, major, and current class standing (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate level).

Buttons Express Yourself Buttons: Project OCEAN wants to hear your positive messages. Express YOURself by making a button at one of our tabling events.
Express Yourself Essay Contest: Project OCEAN wanted to hear students' stories of how they have overcome challenges in their lives. We hosted an essay contest in Fall 2012 and we are proud to have chosen our winners. Interested in hearing their stories? Come to our Spoken Word event!
  • Grand Prize:
  • Alejandro Grover
    “Homeless but Mindful”
  • Runner ups:
    Lisa Ciarfella “The Leg Issue”
    Danny Shultz – Untitled
Express Yourself essay



Project OCEAN Workshops - Spring 2013

QPR ecard

QPR - Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention

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, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Attend a 90-minute QPR training and be a certified QPR “gatekeeper.”


The OCEAN can't survive without ALGEE - Project OCEAN workshops

"What does this mean? And why is ALGEE spelled wrong?"
Attend a Project OCEAN workshop to learn more about ALGEE. The Project OCEAN workshops will provide a general overview of some of the most common mental illnesses found on college campuses. Learn how to identify when a peer may be suffering from a mental illness and what you can do to be supportive.


Anxiety and Eating Disorders

Depression and Self Injury

Psychosis and Substance Abuse

For all Spring 2013 workshop dates/times, see our Calendars.

For all workshop requests, please email Graduate Peer Educator

Nancy Trinh


Congratulations to Project OCEAN's Express Yourself Essay Contest Winners!

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  • Grand Prize:
  • Alejandro Grover
    “Homeless but Mindful”
  • Runner ups:
    Lisa Ciarfella “The Leg Issue”
    Danny Shultz – Untitled

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.

Currently, Project OCEAN is 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. CalMHSA operates services and education programs on a statewide, regional and local basis.

Project OCEAN focuses on providing CSULB with training and psychoeducation about mental illness and mental health as it relates to prevention and early intervention. Project OCEAN strives to increase awareness of support services on campuses and in the community and also offers free online mental health screenings. 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.