Mental Health Navigators Program

Refer yourself or another student to a Peer Mental Health Navigator

Students are serving fellow students as Mental Health Navigators in paid (~$16/hour) work-based learning positions.  Navigators provide ongoing support, guidance during referral process, and resources in all areas of student wellness such as housing, nutrition, mental health, intimate partner violence, parenting, and healthy relationships. After participating in a 20-hour training program hosted at Ohlone Community College, Navigators are hired through the BCC Wellness Center. They work roughly 10 hours a week directly serving clients and participating in weekly supervision meetings. Program participants gain valuable experience in delivering services via tele-medicine, documenting case case notes and electronic health records, participating in interdisciplinary care teams, and managing their own self-care while caring for others. Navigators have a voice in every part of the program. From communication templates to program offerings, we rely on our Navigators to advocate for student needs, and responsively update our offerings based on their input.

Students interested in applying, contact:
Melina Winterton, MPH
HUSV Program Coordinator

This program is made possible by the generous funding of Alameda County Behavioral Health’s Workforce Development, Education and Training Division, and the exceptional program administration of the Student Health Center at Ohlone College.

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Mental Health Crisis Hotline 800-309-2131
If you or someone you know is struggling with difficult life circumstances or uncomfortable thoughts and emotions we are here to help. You do not need to be experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings to call. Trained Crisis Line Counselors are available 24/7 to take your call.

You can also text the crisis line by texting the word ‘COURAGE’ to 741741.