Mental Health & Wellness

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Counseling & Psychological Services

CAPS' mission is to assist Student Affairs and the University in helping the student body achieve academically, socially, and personally through culturally responsive mental health services. CAPS is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment to ensure that all students remain psychologically healthy in pursuit of their goals. All registered students are eligible for services at CAPS. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options. 


CAPS Support Groups

CAPS hosts multiple discussion groups specifically for graduate students to share their experiences, voice their concerns, and find a greater community: "Graduate Student Process Group" and "Creating Community: A Support Space for Graduate Students of African Heritage".


Mental Health Peer Services 

The MHPS helps the students to navigate college experience more effectively. The MHPS provides: 

  • Drop-In Peer Counseling: the peers are trained to help students better manage some of the daily stressors from school & relationships. Stop by to talk and learn new tools to manage your current challenges.
  • Massage & Egg Chair: Feeling stressed by life? Just want to practice good self care? Stop in to try out one of the 4 massage chairs or the egg chair to hit the reset button on your day and make everything feel a little bit better.
  • Workshops: Learn how to better understand and manage your stressors, cope with academic anxiety, and become a master at relaxation by attending one of our workshops held throughout the quarter.
  • School Anxiety Program: it includes three 1-hour long one-on-one sessions with a peer who will help you to learn important time management, coping, and relaxation skills to reduce your anxiety.


Student Mental Health Coordination Services

The SMHCS office is the single point of contact for the campus community to report concerns about a student in distress or a student distressing others. If you are worried about a fellow Gaucho, please refer to the Distressed Students Protocol for assistance determining an appropriate referral.


Distressed Students

The guide "Responding to Distressed Students" is an online excellent resource for providing information that may help in recognizing and responding to students in distress and making appropriate referrals.


Psychiatric Services 

Student Health has psychiatrists and social workers who are available by referral from either Counseling and Psychological Services or primary care clinicians within Student Health. The psychiatrists provide evaluations and, if indicated, medication and short-term supportive psychotherapy. Students with UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) are not charged for these visits; students covered by other insurance will be billed through BARC.


Telemedicine Care 

UC SHIP students can connect with in-network licensed Psychologists, Therapists and board certified Psychiatrists via a mobile app, web, or phone using the LiveHealth Online service; there is no co-pay and no referral is needed. Therapist video appointments are available from 7am to 9pm, seven days a week, and can be scheduled with the same clinician for recurring appointments.


Social Work Services

These services are provided to students without charge. To make an appointment call: (805) 893-3087. Information on ADD/ADHD support, click here.Urgent Care is available for drop-in visits without an appointment whenever Student Health is open.


Alcohol and Drug Program

Alcohol and other drug related problems can receive initial treatment and counseling from licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) at Student Health without charge. Individual appointments can be made by calling (805) 893-5013, at the Student Health lobby appointment desk, or online through the "Gateway" link on the home page. 


Eating Disorder Support 

Eating Disorders are complex and require several treatment modalities. UCSB Student Health has support to help students well enough to be in school, including:

  • medical monitoring
  • psychiatric evaluation
  • nutrition support


Graduate Student Wellness

The Graduate Student Wellness Program at UC Santa Barbara is a free program that provides wellness opportunities for all graduate students. Start by registering an account on the Goosechase app. This app will be your navigation tool to find out about all the available wellness opportunities to earn Wellness Points. Earn enough points to achieve Blue Status and you’ll earn a Health & Wellness water bottle filled with awesome goodies! Then, keep going to earn Gold Status for a chance at high value prizes!