Statement of Solidarity
Members of the University Counseling Services (UCS) team stand in solidarity in upholding the dignity, respect, and equality of all members of our campus community and standing against racism, systemic oppression, injustice and hate.
UCS mental health professionals and staff are deeply saddened by continued acts of violence towards Black, Brown, and Queer individuals. We want to acknowledge the profound impact these collective traumas have on the psyche of our campus and the soul of our country. Today, we are particularly focused on the most recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Rayshard Brooks. Though harmful for all, we recognize that racist oppression is particularly painful for members of the African-American and Black community. We deplore the pandemic of racism.
Acts of violence against specific communities leave scars. We know the psychological consequences of trauma such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief, and substance abuse, and want to remind students that we are here for you. We are committed to providing affirming, supporting, and safe healing spaces for you. You can speak to a counselor during business hours by calling (818) 677-2366, option 1 or speak to a crisis counselor 24/7 by calling (818) 677-2366, option 3. Additional resources are available in our Self-Help Library under Racial Justice and Ally Resources.
As we move forward, let us remember that “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Please visit our Videos page to view the video recording of this Solidarity Statement made by our UCS team.
University Counseling Services (UCS) wants you to fulfill your personal and professional dreams and get the most out of your experience at CSUN. We have a remarkable team of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, psychiatric residents and administrative staff. Each team member promises you ethical, respectful and professional care.
We provide a variety of free short term counseling services to students, including individual counseling, crisis intervention, group and workshops, and psychiatric consultation. In an effort to provide high quality professional services to students, UCS now offers an innovative program specifically tailored to provide quick and useful tools to help our busy CSUN students. After meeting with a counselor for the initial Intake appointment, most students are enrolled into the RIO (Recognition, Insight, and Openness) workshop series. At the completion of RIO, students have the opportunity to meet with their Intake counselor to review their experience in RIO and discuss goals and resources for their continued growth.
Our mental health professionals offer outreach workshops for faculty, staff and student organizations on academic, mental health, interpersonal and wellness topics.
Are you looking to get more involved on campus and raise awareness on current issues that affect our society? Joining one of our peer education programs can be a wonderful experience that will allow you to connect with fellow students and the CSUN community.
UCS counselors are available to assist students with urgent situations, emergencies, or serious crises related to psychological concerns during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). For urgent care assistance after hours, please call (818)677-2366, option 3 or visit our urgent care page for more information. However, if you need emergency assistance for a life-threatening situation, dial 911.
The resource "Coping with Ongoing Traumatic Events" has been prepared to assist members of the campus community who are experiencing or supporting others who are experiencing reactions to traumatic events such as local mass shootings, violence and threats of violence on campus, hate speech/graffiti, wildfires and traumatic events across the nation. We hope you will find this resource helpful.