Update: August 5, 2020, 2 pm
University Counseling Services (UCS) is open and operating remotely during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm), providing all services through telemental health.
Contact us at (818) 677-2366, option 1 to schedule an appointment.
24/7 crisis/urgent care services are always available by phone:
During regular business hours, please call (818) 677-2366, option 1.
Outside of business hours, including holidays, please call (818) 677-2366, option 3.
We recognize that it is normal to experience a range of reactions (e.g., stress, worry, sadness, fear, uncertainty, etc.) during these challenging times. We encourage you to be kind to yourself and engage in self-care:
- Take care of your body and physical wellness (e.g., establish a regular sleep schedule, eat mindfully, engage in physical activity you enjoy, etc.)
- Take care of your mind and emotional wellness (e.g., deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness, journaling, positive affirmations, engage in an enjoyable activity, self-reflection, gratitude, etc.)
- Maintain social, spiritual and cultural connections (e.g., family members, friends, partners, spiritual/religious leaders, practices, traditions, etc.) through alternate methods such as phone calls, texts, and social media
- Create structure and develop routines (e.g., dedicate time each day to study, to get organized, plan ahead, walk your dog, etc.)
- Take a break from the news and social media
- Focus on what you have control over (e.g., your daily routine, practicing self-care, limiting your social media, your kindness and grace, etc.)
- Utilize coping skills (e.g., listen to music, herbal tea, pray, read a book, journal, do a puzzle, yoga, engage with a pet, try a mental health app, etc.)
- Reach out for help/access support services and resources
UCS has developed an accordion of resources for students on mental health services and resources during COVID-19. These include resources on managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19; crisis and emergency resources, including 24/7 crisis hotlines; mental health apps; community mental health resources; and local hospital information. They can be found on our Mental Health Services and Resources for Students During COVID-19 page. We have also developed racial injustice and ally resources (e.g. websites, articles, books, videos, podcasts, etc.), which can be found in our Self-Help Library.
We have additional resources and support available to students. Please visit our Self-Help library for information and resources on a range of topics, and our Videos, Blogs, and Presentations page which includes video recorded presentations and five (5) different mindfulness exercises. In addition, UCS has an outreach program called Let’s Talk, which provides students with easy access to informal consultations with our counselors. Counselors are providing virtual drop-in consultation hours at various days/times throughout the week. Students can meet for a consultation on a first-come, first-serve basis via Zoom Health; no appointment is needed. A Let’s Talk counselor is available to listen, offer support, and provide resources and problem-solving tools. To learn more about Let’s Talk and identify the days and times this service is offered, please visit our Let's Talk page.