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Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment

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For students seeking services for mental health issues (including, but not limited to: stress, sleep issues, depression, anxiety, academic distress, relationship issues, etc.), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides free, confidential psychological counseling and crisis services for all registered UC San Diego students.  CAPS also provides a variety of groups, workshops and drop-in forums.

To contact CAPS, call (858) 534-3755.  All students are screened with a brief telephone assessment.  For more information, visit the website at

Behavioral Health Team at Student Health Services

Our social worker is available for support with referrals to community resources, mental health providers, and medical specialists, as well as support with basic needs (e.g., housing, finances, insurance and food) and navigating challenges at UCSD. Call SHS Group 3 to schedule an appointment at 858-534-5571.

Behavioral Health Services, provided by CAPS psychologists and psychiatrist for brief, focused, targeted care (e.g., insomnia, anxiety, adjustment to medical diagnoses, stress management, etc.) are also available at Student Health Services. You can talk with your primary care provider about whether these services would be appropriate to address your concerns.

Daily Drop-In Workshops at CAPS 

Want to gain skills to increase well-being today? Daily Drop-In Workshops at CAPS are open to all currently registered UCSD students. You do not need to make an appointment -- simply show up and enjoy! These educational workshops are not professional counseling or psychotherapy. Check this link:


The following links are provided with the cooperation of our partner, Counseling and Psychological Services.

If you are having a crisis outside of business hours, call CAPS and select option 2 to speak with a counselor, or go to your nearest emergency department. 

  • CAPS: (858) 534-3755
  • Behavioral Health at SHS:      (858) 534-5571


Service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome in the UCSD Student Health Services. In order to help maintain a pleasant, productive and safe environment for all patients and staff, service animals must be in the physical proximity of their handler and under handler control at all times.  Service animals may not be left unattended by their handler at any time.

No other animals, including pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals are allowed.

UCSD SHS staff are permitted to ask patients with service animals to leave or reschedule their appointment if the service animal is disruptive or interferes with the operations of our health care organization. UCSD SHS staff are permitted to ask patients with pets or emotional support animals to leave.  We will reschedule the patient's appointments when the patient can return without the pet or emotional support animal.

UCSD SHS providers/staff will not write letters of support for emotional support animals.