Mental Health Resources

Given everything that’s happening right now, on campus and beyond, some of you may be experiencing higher stress levels than usual. College students can experience anxiety and depression no matter the circumstances, and Oakes is no exception. But there are many resources available to you!

Please see below for a list of mental health, medical, and other helpful services. These resources are available for all students, both graduate and undergraduate.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

(831) 459-2628 | Crisis and non-crisis | Remote and in-person | No fees

CAPS is open! They can be reached by phone or in person. They are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00, and provide limited after-hours services. Whether you're in crisis or seeking a non-crisis resources, give them a call at (831) 459-2628. 

  • Eligibility: Currently enrolled UCSC undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Fees: None. Registration fees cover CAPS services.
  • Services: Brief therapy, off-campus provider referrals, crisis care, Let’s Talk drop-in groups, and specialized staff for multicultural populations, trauma survivors, and graduate students.
  • Educational Workshops to assist students to be successful in college. We have 3-session Anxiety Toolbox and Mood Toolbox programs to help students learn skills to manage anxiety and depression. Other topics include stress management, mindfulness, and navigating multiple and intersecting identities, that can be requested at any time by student groups and departments on campus.
  • After-hours care: Call get 831-459-2628 and select option 3 for telephone crisis assessment, safety planning, and referrals.

Student Health Services Programs (SHS)

SHS offer options for coordinated, collaborative and seamless mental health and primary care.

  • Psychiatry Services: evaluations, consultations, and ongoing care. Requires a referral from a counselor, SHS primary care provider, or a case manager in either SHS or CAPS.
  • Primary Care: The Student Health staff provide gender-affirming care and respect the mind-body connection for all health and wellbeing needs. Primary care providers also screen and treat students for depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Providers work with other mental health services, both on and off campus, to ensure care coordinated and comprehensive care.
  • The COVE: The Cove is a space to be in community with other students who are committed to their recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs. We also welcome the loved ones of someone with an addiction; people who want to support those in recovery; anyone interested in recovery; and those who just want to meet other students who are substance-free and looking for community. 
  • CARE: UCSC CARE responds to the needs of the community impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking. CARE provides prevention and intervention services. Survivors and support persons impacted by interpersonal power-based violence can work one-on-one with a confidential Advocate to receive crisis support and ongoing support services including emotional support, case management, advocacy, safety planning, coaching in coping and resilience, referrals to mental health services, and other needs-based support. CARE also offers educational programming including skills-based support groups, “Yoga as Healing" programs, workshops for healing and supporting survivors.
  • Peer Programs: Student Health Promotion, or SHOP, CAPS, and CARE use trained student volunteers to do outreach and education for their fellow students on a variety of mental health and other wellness topics.

Online Care and Self-Help Options

  • LiveHealth Online: Secure online video visits with licensed mental health professionals. LiveHealth online has a low copay and no referral is needed.
  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) and WellTrack: Interactive tools and self-care exercises for mental health concerns.
  • Relaxation ResourcesCAPS-compiled resources on how to relax, including guided meditations, articles, and app recommendations.
Other Mental Health Options 
  • Anti-Violence Project, 212-714-1141. Based in NYC but open to all. Bilingual English/Spanish and intended to support LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected folks (no one turned away).
  • Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, 831-423-9444 x200. Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. Free 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention Hotline: 877-663-5433. 

Additional Campus Mental Health Support

  • Slug SupportSlug Support offers case management and financial support for students in crisis-related to issues of food insecurity, housing insecurity, and mental and medical health challenges. This can include support with copays and/or help identifying mental health resources. 
  • Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP): The EOP program offers holistic advising and student programs to first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students. EOP students can meet with an EOP counselor and/or with a peer adviser. In addition, there are student success resources and an array of programs students can join to build community. 
Resource Centers

The Resource Centers (RCs) include the Ethnic Resource Centers: African American Resource and Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, Asian American / Pacific Islander Resource Center, and “El Centro” the Chicano Latino Resource Center; the Lionel Cantú Queer Center, and the Women's Center. Each of the resource centers offer students various services through academic, cultural and community support activities. Throughout the year, the RCs host programs and events that connect students, staff, faculty and community members in social, professional and academic settings. Students can network and create community spaces to engage in stimulating and critical dialogue, and to find connections to build a positive and empowering space for all communities. Many of the ERCs are offering support online, reach out to the centers you are in touch with, they are here to support you!

Health Campus Network: Radical Resilience Initiative

Radical Resilience integrates social and healing justice into this work by recognizing and addressing historical institutional barriers and systems of oppression. A radical resilience approach recognizes self- and collective-care as acts of resistance to disconnection, marginalization, and internalized oppression (Pyles, Healing Justice). Radical resilience is both a paradigm and a set of practices. It is an approach that recognizes the power of self-compassion, purposeful actions, intentional connections, and healing past trauma. Radical resilience is an invitation to make conscious choices and develop meaningful relationships. Radical resilience is an approach that values and nurtures community. Radical resilience invites practitioners to bring their attention, care, and healing capacities to the ways that lived experiences manifest in our bodies, minds, and spirits as well as our communities.
With a commitment to social justice and recognizing that institutional and structural barriers negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of our campus community, a working group composed of faculty, staff, and students launched the Radical Resilience initiative in 2020. Join the conversation. Contact