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California community colleges receive grant

Posted: October 11, 2011 3:32 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2011 3:32 p.m.
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The California Mental Health Services Authority has awarded a $6.9 million grant to the California Community College system to be used over a three-year period for faculty and staff training on student mental health issues, suicide prevention and peer-to-peer services, the chancellor announced Tuesday.

The grant money comes as state data on California community college students show a rise in stress, anxiety and depression, especially as families face greater stress with the economy, Chancellor Jack Scott said.

A number of community colleges will receive training and services for peer-to-peer assistance. The program will also result in online training resources that are expected to be available to all community college faculty and staff to help them respond appropriately to students who may exhibit signs of mental distress.

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