Counseling and Psychological Services

I Need Help Now

If you feel you can't cope, you are not alone. Many people have those feelings at times and it can be very painful. Take a look at the list below and see if you see yourself in any of these feelings or behaviors:

If you recognize yourself in this list, the most important thing is to talk with someone, preferably a trained mental health professional. The pathway to feeling better begins with letting someone know you are hurting. Some situations are truly emergencies and you need to get help right away.  Other situations are less immediately critical and you can begin by making an appointment.   All mental health issues are important, and you deserve help and support no matter the urgency.

If you are in an EMERGENCY state where you might harm yourself or others, then you need to talk to someone NOW.

1. Daytime Urgent Care Services
CAPS provides urgent care services for students who are in crisis and require same-day treatment.

Walk-in Services (Hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM)
Students who walk-in and request urgent services will be asked to complete necessary online forms.
While most students with urgent/same-day appointments will be seen shortly after completing check-in and forms, if there are many students in crisis, the urgent care counselor will prioritize which students will be seen based on the severity of concerns.
Urgent care services are located at our Central Office, Galbraith Hall 190 (next to the Revelle Plaza Fountain).

Telephone Urgent Care
Student are encouraged to call prior to walk-in to consult with the Urgent Care Psychologist. Many times a telephone conversation will be sufficient or a walk-in can be arranged.

2. After-hours Telephone Urgent Care
858-534-3755 then press 2#. 

During normal business hours, students can call our Central Office to speak and/or meet with the urgent care counselor.
For students in crisis outside business hours, counselors are available and can be reached by calling our Central Office number and selecting Option 2 from the voice menu.

3. For a life-threatening emergency, select Option 3, hang up and call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. The UCSD Emergency Departments are located as noted below.
UCSD Thornton Hospital
9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 / 858-657-7000
UCSD Hillcrest Hospital
200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103 / 619-543-6222

4. If you are having trouble but it is not an immediate emergency:
Call UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 858-534-3755 and make a routine appointment.

5. In the meantime, let one or more people that you feel you can trust know you are struggling.  This could be a friend, a resident counselor, a faculty member, a coach, and a parent.  Each can be a part of your support network as you move toward getting professional help. Visit some websites to learn more about mental health crises.  Here are some examples:

6. Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

7. Suicide Prevention Mobile Resource English / Spanish

Remember, getting help is a sign of strength and EVERYONE can get better.

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