Resources for emergency relief and welfare
1. Group Counseling: Sometimes it helps to know that a classmate is experiencing the same feelings as you. CAPS has several advisory groups that deal with topics ranging from managing anxiety to improving relationships to building social trust. Students have the opportunity to meet with a CAPS staff member on a weekly basis and find support from other students who are having similar experiences.
“While some students are nervous about attending the first meeting or hesitant to talk about their concerns in front of others, many students choose to stay in the group for several quarters or even years after experiencing a community of found peers who are related,” O’ Meara said.
2. Tritons RISE Together: These skill-building workshops – held Monday through Friday – cover topics such as sleep problems, depression, motivation, anxiety and procrastination. Combining the science of success from sports and performance psychology with the art of wellness from positive psychology, the workshops are designed to provide students with immediately actionable skills. Sessions are communal and inclusive, with the majority held in a drop-in format.
3. Community Forums: These identity and experience-based meeting spaces provide safe spaces to discuss unique issues in a supportive environment. Students can build relationships with peers, engage in meaningful dialogue, and learn from each other and shared experiences. Community forums include:
- ADHD Support Forum
- Coming out group
- Black Community Forum for graduate and professional students
- Body positivity
- Grief and loss support forums
4. Let’s Talk: Students have the opportunity to meet with a therapist individually for 20-25 minutes for a short, one-time consultation about their general well-being. It’s an “ideal” way to learn how to move forward with your specific circumstances, O’Meara explains, whether through a formal counselor appointment, attending a workshop, or other means. There is usually no waiting time for a Let’s Talk appointment.
5. iFlourish Apps: As part of the Tritons Flourish program, CAPS offers several self-care apps. They are all free, anonymous, unlimited and available only to UC San Diego students. One example is membership in Headspace, one of the most popular mindfulness apps that teaches meditation techniques. Headspace Plus is available for free to UC San Diego students who sign up through the iFlourish website; hundreds of meditations and exercises for sleep, anxiety, focus and fitness are available.