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CAPS Help Center: Resources for Dealing with Loss, Disasters, and Traumatic Events

May 29, 2020

SUBJECT: Statement on George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery

Today our hearts are burdened, our minds are searching, and our spirits are processing a mix of disbelief, anger and sadness. The news of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Monday night and the disturbing video of his final moments has shocked the world. Taken in context with the recent killings of Breonna Taylor (by police in her own home) and Ahmaud Arbery (by neighbors while jogging), our black community members, in particular, are outraged, traumatized, fearful and in profound pain.

Grief and concern in their purest forms have been made even more poignant during this time of great uncertainty due to the global public health crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has magnified the long history of racism in our country, ongoing inequity, and the status quo of the dehumanization of our fellow Black Americans.

HOW DO WE REACT? WHAT DO WE DO? WHERE DO WE START? We begin by extending our sincere, heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We join in mourning their unspeakably tragic and untimely deaths. We stand in solidarity with our black family, friends and neighbors in their time of need and help them shoulder their everyday lives so that they have the necessary time to mourn and process the deeper meanings of these losses. And most importantly, no matter how painful, difficult or uncomfortable, we must review these events with full transparency and recognize there are systemic problems in our society that desperately need our attention, time and energy to remedy.

We must recognize the violation of human rights and the devastating effects that systemic racism, oppression and violence have on the safety, security and health of communities of color. We cannot let these acts be normalized or allow ourselves to become numb to them. The University of California San Diego unequivocally condemns the disproportionate use of excessive force by some police in communities of color.

We also denounce vigilante acts that terrorize members of the community based upon race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We as a community must not and will not tolerate acts of hate, bias or violence. We are committed to doing what can be done within our institution to make sure everyone feels that they belong and that they matter. This should be our commitment to ourselves and to each other.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? In the coming weeks, our Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has planned community conversations to provide spaces for healing and identifying ways to be agents of change in this moment. Details are forthcoming and will be communicated via campus notice. We know that statements such as these do not resolve the intractable issues we face as a country.

We know it does not even begin to heal the hurt and trauma caused by structural and systemic racism and discrimination. Collectively, let us continue to work together for a more just, equitable and humane society in our service, activism, pedagogy, and community and collaborative efforts.

Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor

Elizabeth H. Simmons, Executive Vice Chancellor
Maripat Corr, Chair, San Diego Divisional Academic Senate
Steven Constable, Vice Chair, San Diego Divisional Academic Senate
David A. Brenner, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
Margaret S. Leinen, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences
Sandra A. Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research
Gary C. Matthews, Vice Chancellor Resource Management and Planning
Pierre Ouillet, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Becky R. Petitt, Vice Chancellor Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Alysson Satterlund, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Judy Bruner, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Anne L. Buckley, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Vince Kellen, Chief Information Officer
Patty Maysent, Chief Executive Officer for UC San Diego Health
Daniel W. Park, Chief Campus Counsel
Nancy Resnick, Chief Human Resource Officer
David S. Rose, Chief of Police
Michael Trigilio, Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Equity San Diego Divisional Academic Senate

Our Community

CAPS is here to support students and the campus community due to recent tragic events 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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.

If you are 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 American Psychological Association's Helpcenter on dealing with mass shootings, disasters, and other tragic events.

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.

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 and Recovering Emotionally from Disasters. Below is a list of CAPS and campus resources available to you, as well as resources to help with coping.

SHOOTINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY: In response to the recent tragic events in El Paso, Dayton, etc, we want to share the following resources to assist students and families in dealing with this tragedy. These resources are culturally specific resources for communities and all who have been affected:

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 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:

  • Individual Counseling / Same-Day/Urgent Counseling / Group Counseling / Consultation / Crisis Debriefings to organizations or departments / Crisis Intervention / Mindfulness medication / Psychoeducational Workshops

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