October 25, 2018
Student Selected as a Student
Mental Wellness Ambassador
Moreno Valley College had a student selected as a Student Mental Wellness Ambassador through the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCCSMHP), a joint program of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.
Mercedes Barba, student
Mercedes Barba, 20, was one of 15 students selected throughout the state. As a Student Wellness Ambassador, Barba will be trained in a variety of areas of mental health in order to assist students on campus and in her community.
Once she completes her training in November in Sacramento, Barba will be able to orchestrate peer-to-peer outreach on student mental health issues, speak to wellness resources such as the crisis text line and Each Mind Matters, and conduct outreach on campus to increase student knowledge and awareness of mental health resources.
"I want to effectively inform others of the resources that we have on campus," she said. "It was a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone in order to promote mental and physical wellness in a fun non-traditional way with events we have on campus."
Barba, who graduated from Warren High School in Downey, says she will be transferring to San Diego State after completing her studies at Moreno Valley in order to become an occupational therapist.
In addition to receiving training by officials with the Student Mental Health Program, Barba will receive $500 to plan a mental health and wellness event or activity on campus as well as a $750 stipend for their service.
"Peer Health Educators work hard to promote mental health at colleges throughout the state," Sue Tarcon, director, Health Services, said. "Here at Moreno Valley College our students hold weekly mental health events to plan and strategize and spearhead efforts for the Active Minds club."