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Mental Health Resources

Here is a list of mental health resources that you can turn to if you need help or are struggling!

There are many resources out there to support you. You are not alone.

For Berkeley Students

University Health Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short-term counseling services for academic, personal, and career issues while also offering psychiatry services if necessary. All registered students can utilize these services regardless of insurance plans. Also, CAPS has a Let’s Talk Program where students can schedule brief drop-in consultations with a CAPS counselor. Virtual services can be scheduled Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

Students with urgent needs should call (510) 642-9494 to speak with a counselor. This number can also be used when setting up appointments.

For after-hours support, call the 24/7 line at (855) 817-5667.

Social Services Counseling (SoS)

Social Services Counseling (SoS) offers confidential counseling services focusing on specific topics by touching on important coping skills and identifying resources. Additionally, SoS is available for all registered students regardless of insurance plans.

Student-to-Student Peer Counseling

Student-to-Student Peer Counseling is a group of student counselors providing free, one-on-one, confidential, walk-in services to UC Berkeley students. They offer both drop-in counseling and appointments!

Lean on Me

Lean on Me is non-crisis, peer-to-peer textline for UC Berkeley students to text whenever they need support or are struggling. No problem is too big or small!

Text (650)-275-5766 to be connected with a Lean on Me supporter, a fellow Berkeley student.

Nationwide Numbers

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the lifeline.

Crisis Textline

Anyone in crisis can text this number to receive help and support.

Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can call 1-800-799-4889.

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or Text 838255.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

The National Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential referrals and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery in English and Spanish.

Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY 1-800-487-4889

The Disaster Distress Helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call 1-800-985-5990 or Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

The Trevor Project

If you are a young LGBTQ+ person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.