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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. Recent events in our community, country, and world can significantly impact our well-being. CAPS is available to respond as requested on an individual basis or as a collective to assist in providing support, education, and consultation. 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:

For students or faculty/staff in immediate need of assistance, please call 858-534-3755 to speak with a on-call resource counselor. 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 counselor. Below are additional resources for our campus community. 






Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss

Loss may involve the death of a loved one or friend, the end of a special relationship, or losing an opportunity. Grief is a natural process following a loss. Research shows that there is no “right” way to grieve, and there are many responses (emotional and physical) that will appear. Please see the various CAPS services and resources below, including helpful handouts and support forums.

CAPS Services:

Groups, Workshops, and Community Forums:

Resources & Handouts:

Resources during Challenging Times

This year has brought challenges that we might not have ever imagined. We have come together to help keep each other safe and to provide support during time of loss and stress. As we work through the academic year, it’s important that we continue to take care of ourselves. Self-care helps us to be stronger when it’s time for activism or caring for others. Please see our list of resources below for suggestions for how to cope during challenging times.




  • CAPS Community Forums (PDF): Please join us at any of our CAPS Community Forums to process thoughts and feelings about the election, other socio-political stressors, or any issues that are impacting you at this time.
  • RISE Workshops (PDF): Educational and skill-building online Zoom workshops for students to learn new coping strategies or build upon tools they already have. Learning these skills helps students to improve stress management and emotion regulation, build tools for resilience, and learn strategies for well-being.


  • Info coming soon

Suicide Awareness & Resources

Suicide Awareness

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently published findings that suicide rates have risen significantly over the past 20 years. These reports were published during the same week of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, both from suicides. If you or your friends at UCSD are experiencing suicidal thoughts, we want you to know that CAPS is here for you. If you have thoughts of suicide, 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.


Healing in our Community

Our Community

CAPS is here to support students and the campus community in dealing with the ongoing racial challenges in our country. CAPS is open and available to provide assistance to students during this difficult time. To talk with a counselor 24/7, please call us at 858-534-3755.


COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

UCSD and CAPS are responding to address matters related to COVID-19. We are aware this impacts the entire UCSD Community: students, faculty, staff, and families. Please use the following links for updated information.


Additional Resources

Additional Resources

CAPS Services

  • Crisis or Urgent Care: Call (858) 534-3755, or visit our Crisis page. for more information.
  • After-Hours Crisis Counseling: Call 858-534-3755 (Select Option 2) talk to a counselor, even outside business hours and on holidays.
  • Grief & Loss: handout to provide information on grief, loss, and what you can do for yourself and your friends.

UCSD Campus Resources, Services, and Information

American Psychological Association Help Resources

 San Diego County Resources

 Additional Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff