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
Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources
Working Through Tragic Events
Recent tragic events in Florida, Texas, 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:
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
Association's Helpcenter on dealing with
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
from Disasters. Below is a list of CAPS and campus resources available to you,
as well as resources to help with coping.
UCSD Campus Resources, Services, and Information
American Psychological Association Help Resources
San Diego County Resources
Additional Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff
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
- Shock / Numbness / Denial / Vivid dreams or flashbacks / Sadness / Anger / Fear / Difficult
concentrating or focusing / Sad / Hopeless / Anxious / Difficulty communicating or reaching out
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 /
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