Emotional, social and physical well-being
UCLA has variety of well-being resources — from psychological counseling and stress management techniques to mindfulness and yoga — aimed at helping students, faculty and staff cope with COVID-19 and related challenges.
This page covers the following:
- Resources for the entire campus community
- Resources for students
- Resources for faculty and staff
- Resources for UCLA Health employees
For the campus community
- The Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA provides the Bruin community with support through their COVID-19 well-being page and LiveWell podcast. In addition, their MindWell, EngageWell and EatWell sites promote overall well-being, resilience and social connectedness through programs, research, pilot funding, courses and events.
- Stand Together During COVID-19, part of UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge, has tools, resources and strategies designed to help members of the Bruin community boost their mood and ease COVID-19–related anxiety and depression.
- The Mindfulness Awareness Research Center offers free drop-in meditation sessions, guided meditations in both English and Spanish, and an array of classes and events to help the campus community manage the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic. Participants can download the UCLA Mindful app for easy access to services and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The UCLA Psychology Clinic offers low-fee individual and group therapy, as well as assessment services, for adults, children, couples and families. For more details and to schedule an appointment, call 310-925-2305 or email email@example.com.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which is open during regular business hours, currently provides telehealth services for students aimed at fostering and preserving healthy well-being. CAPS also offers 24/7 crisis counseling for students experiencing acute mental distress through their hotline at 310-825-0768. In addition, see the CAPS tip sheet for dealing with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Student Health Education and Health Promotion (SHEP) recognizes the impact the pandemic has had on students’ lives and academic experiences. SHEP’s Bruin Connections provides a one-stop location for programs, services, and resources across campus that support Bruins’ holistic health and well-being. In addition, tools for navigating difficult conversations about COVID-19 and building healthier relationships, as well as various peer-led virtual programs, promote students’ overall well-being, resilience and social connectedness. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow @uclahealthed.
- The UCLA RISE Center (Resilience in Your Student Experience) assists students in adjusting to the changes and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic. Among their resources are guided meditations, a COVID-19 mental health care package and a virtual library on mindfulness and well-being. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 310-825-9039.
- As part of UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge, students may participate in free internet-based therapy for depression and anxiety, which may be particularly helpful for students who a reluctant to meet directly with a therapist or who may have language barriers.
- The Graduate Student Association’s interactive Graduate Student Resources Flow Chart (PDF) helps students identify well-being resources based on their specifics needs and concerns.
- Additional UCLA resources are available to assist student survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, students in recovery from substance abuse or other addictive behaviors, and those who may benefit from a UCLA case manager to help with mental or physical health issues, financial crises, personal loss or other challenges.
- To learn about other campus services that can help during the COVID-19 crisis, students should visit the Undergraduate Students Association Council’s resources page, the Student Affairs service page and the Basic Needs COVID-19 Resources Guide.
For faculty and staff
- Employees are encouraged to contact UCLA’s Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, which offers online advice and telehealth counseling sessions for staff and faculty, as well as and their families and significant others. The center is open during regular business hours and can be reached at 310-794-0245.
- Campus Human Resources’ Emotional Support Services page for faculty and staff includes a directory of support services to help assist with mental health and well-being issues during challenging times.
- UCLA Recreation’s FitWell offers several fitness and well-being programs for faculty and staff. Bruin MindFit is a free four-week course that instructs participants in effective stress management techniques, including meditation, breathing, basic yoga, relaxation, walking and everyday mindfulness. Through FitZones, employees can enjoy drop-in fitness classes offered several times a day through Facebook Live and Instagram Live.
For UCLA Health employees and medical students
- UCLA’s COVID-19 Mental Health Workgroup has developed resources and services to provide emotional support to UCLA Health staff and faculty working on the front lines who have been impacted by COVID-19. Members of the group’s emotional support response team are available for support check-ins and counseling by phone or text at 310-903-8854.
- The Behavioral Wellness Center serves medical students, residents and fellows at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA who are seeking confidential short-term counseling, psychiatric consultation, medication management and other wellness resources and services. Request an appointment here or contact the center at 310-825-9605 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UCLA Health’s Stress Questionnaire and Anonymous Dialogue Program is an online support resource for UCLA health care workers (including residents and fellows) and medical students who are dealing with COVID-19–related stress and anxiety. Once an individual fills out the short, anonymous questionnaire, a trained mental health counselor will respond to offer support and connect users with personalized resources, depending on their needs.