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No Cost, No Long-Term Commitment: Five CAPS Programs for Student Wellness

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Spring quarter is more than halfway through. If you’re a student, you’re either preparing for the big commencement day or just trying to finish out the academic year. Either way, this can be a stressful time, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is here for you and offers a variety of programs to help combat burnout, stress, anxiety and other common feelings. 

No cost. No long-term commitment. And, most times, no wait. Here are five free programs CAPS offers:

1. Single-Session counseling

Struggling with something personal and need an objective listener? Or, feeling anxious about returning home for the summer? Maybe, you simply need help working out your feelings about a situation. No concern is too big or too small for the CAPS clinical staff. Counseling services are confidential and free to registered students. Call CAPS at (858) 534-3755 to schedule an initial phone consultation and single-session counseling appointment. Same-day appointments are often available! 

2. Let's Talk

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Let's Talk sessions offer registered UC San Diego students free, informal consultations with a mental health professional. Photos by Erik Jepsen/University Communications.

The Let’s Talk program is for students who are seeking informal support with mental health and campus resources. Designed to provide practical strategies, information and resources, students can meet one-on-one with a therapist for about 30 minutes up to twice a quarter. More information about the program and the diversity of counselors and specialities is available on the Let’s Talk spring quarter flyer. Sign up for a session by following these Let’s Talk instructions.

3. Tritons RISE Together 

The Tritons Rise Program and Workshops are designed to help you reach your full potential emotionally, physically and socially. Simply show up for many of the workshops and pre-register for others to engage with your Triton community. In collaboration with UC San Diego Recreation, The Zone and Outback Adventures, activities range from rock climbing at the Outback Climbing Center to taking hikes along the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve and leaping into adventures at the Challenge Course. Other programs focus on subjects such as sleep, stress management and mindfulness. Explore new interests, connect with your peers and prioritize self-care by participating in Tritons RISE Together spring workshops.

4. Headspace

Did you know that all registered UC San Diego students and up to five of their invited loved ones have free access to the Headspace app? Evidence-based, interactive and self-guided, Headspace is one of the most popular mindfulness tools used by over 40 million people. Hundreds of meditations and exercises are available to help you manage stress and anxiety, increase focus, support your fitness or even sleep more soundly. Learn more and create a Headspace account on the iFlourish webpage

5. Community Forums

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Community Forums welcome students to drop into groups throughout the academic year and do not require regular attendance.

Group approaches to personal growth are frequently the most effective way to explore and support changes you may wish to make in your life. CAPS Community Forums offer students identity and experience-based spaces to build connections, support each other, share and exchange ideas and learn together. Check out CAPS Community Forums spring quarter flyer to find forums for you.

Learn more about CAPS

CAPS offers even more confidential counseling and psychiatry services for students. Watch the video below or visit the CAPS services webpage to learn more. And, remember, CAPS is available 24/7 for urgent concerns or crisis counseling at 858-534-3755. The national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can also always be reached by dialing 988.

With something for every Triton, CAPS is here to support your wellness journey.

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