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July 25, 2016

Dear Gauchos,

Our thoughts are with all those who are facing the tragedy of loss of life. It is likely that some in our community have friends or family in the locations where violence has occurred about whom we have been worried, and what has happened may bring up unsettling emotions. These events may bring up unsettling emotions from previous events or make us feel generally unsafe. In light of continued news of oppression and violence both domestically and abroad, we would like to reaffirm our role as being a supportive resource to the UCSB community.  You do not need to identify as a survivor or know a victim of violence to experience the emotional and physical effects of violent action.  The impact of violence and oppression can be immediate for some, and for others it can appear after some time has passed.  For some, talking about the event, acknowledging the resulting feelings, and focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence.  Talking with a mental health professional can also be a useful step in moving through the pain.   Here is a link to Typical Reactions to Trauma.  You may also find this handout on How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving helpful. 

Our mental health services are available for all UCSB students and we remain committed to providing non-judgmental listening and care.  We also remain available as colleagues to UCSB staff and faculty who would benefit from consultation as we all continue the work of supporting one another and growing together.

We have counselors available for you on campus should you want to talk with someone, even for just a check in about how you are feeling. If you feel that someone else needs help, please reach out to them and encourage them to seek assistance as well.  For students, CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) can be reached 24/7 at (805) 893-4411 and resources are available on the CAPS website:www.caps.sa.ucsb.edu.  Staff and faculty members can seek support through the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) at 805-893-3318. Below you will find additional resources that may be helpful to you as you.

  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS): For individual counseling, group counseling, and wellness opportunities, call 805-893-4411 or stop by the Counseling and Career Services Building (599) to talk with someone or make an appointment. We also have 24/7 phone counseling available by calling 805-893-4411. Find additional information about our services on our website:http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu/. CAPS is open 8:30-4:30pm M,T,Th and Fri, and Wednesdays 10-4:30pm. If you have a crisis or an urgent matter, you can walk in to CAPS for a same-day appointment and ask to meet with a psychologist.
  • Student Health Services (SHS) – For medical concerns, call 805-893-5361 or access the website at https://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu. To access the 24/7 Nurseline, please call 1-800-539-1387.
    - Social Work Services – for appointments, please call 805-893-3087.
  • Alcohol and Drug Program (ADP) – If you are concerned about your own or your friend’s use of alcohol or drugs, call 805-893-5013 or access the website at https://alcohol.sa.ucsb.edu. You can also call 805-893-3371 to make a confidential appointment with a counselor.
  • Campus Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE) – This program anticipates and responds to the needs of students impacted by stalking, sexual assault, harassment, dating/domestic violence and provides confidential advocacy and support. Confidential advocates are available 24/7 at 805-893-4613. Learn more at http://wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/CARE/.
  • Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD) - The RCSGD provides educational programs, social activities, advocacy, and consultation with the goal of enhancing safety, tolerance, and quality of life at UCSB. http://wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/sgd/ 
  • Student Mental Health Coordination Services (SMHCS) – If you have a friend who you are concerned about and not sure what to do or they are refusing help, you can contact the SMHCS office at 805-893-3030.
  • Disabled Students Program (DSP) – If your symptoms are interfering with your ability to perform academically, call 805-893-2668 or access the website at https://dsp.sa.ucsb.edu/
  • Academic Questions: For concerns related to academic progress, please contact your respective college.
  • College of Letters & Science: 805-893-2038, 1117 Cheadle Hall (check website for office hours:http://www.duels.ucsb.edu/advising/contact)
  • College of Engineering: 805-893-2809, 1006 Harold Frank Hall 
  • College of Creative Studies: 805-893-4146, 104 CCS Building 494 
  • Graduate Division: 805-893-2277, gradacademics@graddiv.ucsb.edu, 3117 Cheadle Hall
  • Emergency or imminent threats: If you ever have immediate concerns about someone’s life or safety, please call 911.


Welcome to CAPS!

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to providing timely, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health services to our diverse UCSB student body, as well as professional consultation to faculty, staff, and families. 

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. 

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