CPS offers support to the campus after deaths and other traumatic events. Please call 510/642-9494 and ask to speak with the crisis coordinator or another manager. CPS will consult with you about the situation and can help assess what is needed. Counselors frequently reach out to affected students/ staff and facilitate groups to provide support and healing.
CPS frequently does outreach to the campus for student groups, academic departments, and administrative units. The goal of this outreach is to demystify counseling, educate the campus on mental health issues, and to help others know our counselors. Although staffing for outreach is limited, we do our best to accommodate requests.
To request an outreach program please e-mail suebell at uhs dot berkeley dot edu, CPS manager of outreach and consultation. Please note that staffing is limited, especially during times of the semester when CPS is highly utilized. We request 2 weeks advance notice for non-urgent requests and encourage campus partners to request programs early in the semester.
Please provide the following information:
- Your name, phone number, role on campus
- Topic of interest
- Possible dates and times for event
- Expected number of participants
- Contact information: phone and e-mail
* Please give us 2-3 weeks advance notice for all non-crisis related requests.
In our effort to reach out to the campus, CPS has expanded our presence on campus beyond the Tang Center. See more about our satellite locations here.
In response to the tragedy of suicide among college students, the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act has specifically directed funding to colleges and universities to reduce mental health problems among students and to prevent suicide.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded 93 program grants to universities nationwide in order to fund outreach and prevention work on these campuses. University Health Services is currently working on a federal SAMHSA grant to address suicide and depression and to promote mental health on the UC Berkeley campus. Our grant specifically focuses on the mental health needs and concerns of Asian American/Pacific Islanders, who are well-represented on campus but are at risk for stress-related problems and under-utilize counseling services.
For more information about the SAMHSA grant contact Susan Bell, Ph.D., Outreach Director and Coordinator of SAMHSA programs, (510) 643-2906
Current SAMHSA Projects
This campaign hopes to create a network of support for Asian American/ Pacific Islander students, connecting students with one another and with campus resources.
API Film (in production)
Narratives, personal stories, and worldviews of students, faculty, administrators, and parents will illustrate the day-to-day issues, challenges, and strengths of the Asian student community at UC Berkeley. Interviewees will highlight issues unique to Asian students and how mental health and coping are viewed through the cultural lenses of the Asian student community. Cultural ways of coping will be shared and recommendations provided. The film is a collaboration project with undergraduate interns at the Asian Pacific American Student Development Office
These printed and audio-visual materials will help parents support students with the transition to Berkeley and to know how/when to connect students with counseling services.
- Helping Your Student
When Stress Turns to Distress: A Guide for Parents
It can be difficult to know when a son/daughter is just going through a rough patch and when he/she is more troubled or needing professional help. Go here to learn what to do when you are concerned
- "Real Parents, Real Answers" video series on managing money, setting expectations and communicating with your student: