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 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 from related mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
- Students who have a history of severe depression or have had suicidal thoughts or contemplated suicide in the past
- Students who do not have a history of mental health disorders but prove challenging to college campuses due to disruptive behavior
- Those who develop financial, academic, social or other challenges for the first time when they become a part of the college campus community
- Veterans who are at particular risk for mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder or depression as a result of their military experiences
- Those who have been diagnosed with psychological disabilities in the past
- Students who need mental health support but refuse to seek it due to the stigma attached to such action