Peer Prevention Programs

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"A Thousand Stars"

For thousands of years, people have looked up to the stars in wonder for direction, wishes, and connections. These stars seem small and quiet, but the web woven by thousands of them covers the whole night sky.

“A Thousand Stars” is a suicide awareness and prevention training, and a component of San José State University's Suicide Prevention and Resilience Network. This up-to-date and multiculturally-informed training on suicide awareness provides education and skills to SJSU student volunteers (who become “Stars”) in order to help provide fellow students and community members in distress with vital resources. Stars also obtain consultation and gain effective communication skills and tools to enhance personal wellness. Participants of this program help form a safety net for students in need of support and services, and foster the development of a more informed and compassionate campus community.

Become one of the SJSU “Stars” and help students find support and warmth in the darkness.

  • Why? To do our best to reduce and prevent suicide, by helping to support and enhance a caring, compassionate campus community.
  • Who? Any San José State University student who wants to contribute to this important work is welcome.
  • How? Please contact Dr. David Emmert for availability, date, and location by email: David.Emmert@sjsu.edu (Space is limited).

Mental Health Ambassadors

Mental Health Ambassadors (MHAs) are the ambassadors, official envoys, representatives, and messengers of the San José State University Counseling Services. They have the knowledge, skills, and attitude to be an Ambassador and to accomplish the Mental Health Ambassadors' mission. They also are liaisons between the SJSU community and the SJSU Counseling Services.

What is the Mental Health Ambassadors' Mission?

To improve the psychological wellbeing of the SJSU students and SJSU community through

  • Promoting SJSU Counseling Services.
  • Increasing mental health literacy.
  • Reducing stigma associated with mental health disorders and problems.
  • Fostering a supportive and informative campus culture for issues related to mental health problems and mental disorders.

Learn more about the award winning Mental Health Ambassador program.


Peers in PRIDE

Why navigate SJSU alone when a Peer Mentor can help?

  • Bridging the Gap for the SJSU LGBTQI Community
  • Are you an incoming or non-traditional LGBTQI student?
  • Would you like to:
  • Get connected to the LGBTQI Community at SJSU?
  • Get confidential support?
  • Get linked to resources avaible to you?
  • Make new friends?

Peers in PRIDE is a free mentorship program designed for incoming LGBTQI students. We provide individual support and resources to undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional students. For questions or to request more information contact: Angela Krumm at peersinprideSJSU@gmail.com or drop by the LGBT Resource Center.

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