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Help-Center Resources during Difficult Times

CAPS is available to help and offers various support services to the UCSD campus community during times of crisis. Upsetting 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, it can be difficult to make sense of why the events took place, and 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 processing 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 an on-call counselor. If immediate assistance is needed after business hours, 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. 


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.
  • CAPS Video Visits

UCSD Campus Resources, Services, and Information

American Psychological Association Help Resources

 San Diego County Resources

 Additional Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff


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 differing responses, both emotional and physical, that can occur. Please see the various CAPS services and resources below, including helpful handouts and support forums.

CAPS Services:

Groups, Workshops, and Community Forums:

Resources & Handouts:

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.


International Community Members

Health/Wellness/Academic Support 

Advising & Services 

Basic Needs/Financial Aid

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 times of loss and stress. As we work through the academic year, it is important that we continue to take care of ourselves. Self-care helps us to be stronger when the time comes 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: 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: 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

Suicide Awareness

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently published findings that suicide rates have risen significantly over the past 20 years. If you or a friend at UCSD are experiencing suicidal thoughts, we want you to know that CAPS is here for you. If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, please contact us at (858) 534-3755. We are available for walk-in services, phone and video triage appointments, and consultations. This HelpCenter page also provides numerous campus, community, and online resources.