Community college students can face many challenges on the road to a degree, including financial strains and the delicate balance between school, jobs and family responsibilities
. Many community college students feel the stress of college life in negative ways, which can directly impact their ability to succeed in school and beyond. A large number also report mental health issues during their community college years, which include stress, depression and anxiety. In response to some of these complaints, the California community college system recently announced the distribution of nearly $7 million in grant money to help students cope with the pressures of life and survive their college experience.
Funding to be Split Among California Schools
According to a report at Los Angeles Business
, the grants will be funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority. The $6.9 million allotted for the mental health needs of community college students will be split among 12 of the community colleges located throughout the state. The Signal
reports that the funding will be used for training of staff and faculty, suicide prevention and peer-to-peer services. At least some of the money will be directed at students who are veterans
and suffering with related mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
“Our most recent data shows that stress, anxiety and depression are among the top factors that affect student performance,” Jack Scott, chancellor of California Community Colleges
told Los Angeles Business. “This grant comes at a critical time as . . . read more