CAPS Help Center: Resources for Dealing with Loss, Disasters, and Traumatic Events

CAPS and Las Vegas Shootings

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred in Las Vegas. We are aware that many in our UCSD community are affected by this incident. We want to support all UCSD students who have been affected by these events. If you have any need to talk with a CAPS counselor, please contact us at 858-534-3755. We are available for walk-in services and consulation. This HelpCenter page also provides numerous campus, community, and online resources.

For Faculty and Staff, resources are available through the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP). Please click here to visit their website or call them at (858) 534-5523


Working Through Recent Tragic Events

Recent tragic events in Las Vegas, Virginia, our country, and abroad can be overwhelming. This type of violence is hard to understand and grasp. It is widespread and you may feel afraid and traumatized just viewing the media coverage. The tragic events may challenge your sense of safety, equilibrium, and hope for the future. For some, it will trigger memories and feelings that are difficult to process. These occurrences do elicit many different emotions such as shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, and anger. You may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and continuing with your coursework.

Here are some tips on managing your emotions and recover your sense of balance:
- Talk about it and ask for support from friends, faculty, and staff.
- Be sensitive to your colleague’s feelings and reactions along with your own emotions.
- Turn off the social media. Give you brain a chance to recuperate and decrease your stress.
- Take care of yourself, exercise, eat normally and try to sleep.
- Call Campus Police or 911 to report any unusual activity.
- If you feel unsafe, be around friends, have someone walk with you across campus and connect with others.

Usually these tips are helpful during the crisis. If you continue to experience emotional distress, please reach out to your Dean of Students, CAPS, or a licensed mental health professional. See below for CAPS and other campus services for assistance. In addition, here are some helpful tips from the American Psychological Association's Helpcenter on dealing with mass shootings, disasters, and other tragic events.


CAPS, Student Affairs, and the UCSD community are here to support those affected by loss or the recent tragic incidents here in the U.S. and abroad. We understand this may be a time of concern and difficulty. Our efforts are to provide you with support, information, and resources to assist you during these challenging times. The American Psychological Association has provided information on Grief and Loss, Managing your Distress about the Earthquake from Afar, Managing Difficult Events and Recovering Emotionally from Disasters. Below is a list of CAPS and campus resources available to you, as well as resources to help with coping.







Help-Center Resources during Difficult Times

CAPS is available to help and is offering various support services to attend to the needs of the UCSD campus community during times of crisis. We are available to respond as requested on an individual basis or as a collective to assist in providing support, education, and consultation in response to campus, community, or world events. During times of crisis or tragedy, while often finding it difficult to make sense of why the events took place, one may experience a range of reactions and feelings. These feelings are ALL NORMAL REACTIONS TO NON-NORMAL EVENTS. Reactions may include:

  • Shock / Numbness / Denial / Vivid dreams or flashbacks / Sadness / Anger / Fear / Difficult concentrating or focusing / Sad / Hopeless / Anxious / Difficulty communicating or reaching out to others

Although reactions to tragic events can be difficult to deal with, CAPS is here to assist you with working through the challenges of coping and working-through the difficulty. At CAPS, we provide the following services to students and the campus community who may be experiencing difficulties in response to a crisis or tragic event:

  • Individual Counseling / Same-Day/Urgent Counseling / Group Counseling / Consultation / Crisis Debriefings to organizations or departments / Crisis Intervention / Mindfulness medication / Psychoeducational Workshops

For students or faculty/staff in immediate need of assistance, please call 858-534-3755 or visit our Central Office at Galbraith Hall 190 (below CLICS) from 8:00am-4:30pm to speak with a on-call resource psychologist. For non-business hours, if immediate assistance is needed, please call 858-534-3755 (select Option 2) and ask to speak with the on-call psychological counselor