Peer-to-Peer Support (P2P) with Mental Health Ambassadors

Juggling school, family, relationship, jobs… its hard. Its stressful. Most of us need support to succeed and thrive in our academic journey. The P2P Team is here to support you through your BCC experience with compassion, respect, and help accessing resources. Our Mental Health Ambassadors complete ~50 hours of training in providing peer-to-peer mental health support to our BCC student community. 

We’ve got two Peer Support programs: 

Success Inc

Success Inc is a weekly Academic Success community circle. We meet on Zoom. Come to one, or come all semester. Drop-in when it feels good. Many instructors offer extra credit for participation.

Drop-in 1 on 1 Peer Support 

Drop-in sessions happen M/T/Th/F evenings via Zoom. These are confidential, one-on-one talks with one of our Mental Health Ambassadors. Pop in and receive confidential, undivided attention and support. No appointment necessary.

Meet the Spring 2022 P2P Team

Grant Quinones (they/them)

Grant is a Bay Area native whose focus of study is social and behavioral science. They are non-binary and passionate about issues affecting the Queer community. As a person who has lived experience with mental health and substance use challenges, they understand some of the ways these issues can affect the lives of students. Grant firmly believes recovery is possible.


Lola Pratt (she/her)

Lola has been working with the underserved community as a Community Outreach Coordinator and Peer-to-Peer Advisor with Alameda County throughout the pandemic. Previously, she has served as an IHSS Facilitator/Trainer with Alameda County Public Authority and Care Partners where she participated in the team that was Awarded the CSAC Challenge Award. Lola is an Army Military Veteran and understands the unique challenges of Veterans. In addition to Peer-to-Peer work, Lola has done extensive advocacy and outreach about Advanced Care Directives. She is passionate about giving back to her community.

Rachel Padilla  (she/her)

Rachel Padilla is a Mental Health Navigator at Berkeley City College where she assists students as they transition from campus-based to community-based Mental Health Services. She has an Associate Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She plans to transfer to a University to continue her studies in Sociology and in Social Work. She loves to draw, to use watercolors, to play her Guitar, to read, and to take walks in the evening. Her goal for this year is to support students in finding a positive balance that supports their mental health and wellness.

Saloni Raj (she/her)

Saloni, who also goes by Zia, is a Mental Health Navigator at BCC who helps students connect with Mental Health and wellness resources. She is majoring in Psychology, loves to work with kids, listen to music, and go to the beach. Her goal is to be able to act as a positive influence to those around her, and be able to actively help others by providing meaningful support, through both practical resources and acting as a listening ear. Through her own experiences with mental health, she knows how important it is to have a support system, and aims to provide that for others.

You may also want to check out the mental health resources at the Wellness Center.

Faculty/Staff Resources for supporting a distressed student are here.