Personal Counseling Services
Student Health Services provides brief strength-based counseling for students, with the goal of maximizing individual success.
Personal Counseling is offered to help students cope with stressors that are affecting their academic, career, or personal goals. We work collaboratively with students to explore issues, which may include abuse, alcohol or drug problems, anger, anxiety, depression, grief, low motivation, parenting issues, relationship difficulties, social skills, stress, trauma, wellness or other issues affecting your personal well-being.
We are here to support you!
Appointments are available at the Health Center on the main Aptos campus, and in the Student Resource Center at the Watsonville campus during the fall and spring semesters, with limited summer session hours. We also offer community referrals for ongoing care.
We offer phone, zoom, or in-person appointments, and can also receive crisis walk-ins during open hours. Our staff consists of licensed mental health professionals and post-masters level associates . The services we provide maintain a strict policy of confidentiality.
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Suicide Prevention and Crisis Resources
Call 911 if you or someone you know is at risk of harm to themselves or others and needs immediate help.
If you are not in imminent danger but need immediate crisis support, call the Santa Cruz County Behavioral Access Team at (800) 952-2335. They are available 24 hours a day for Santa Cruz County residents.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 988 or 1-800-273-8255, or visit their website to chat online.
Crisis Text Line Text COURAGE to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor 24 hours a day.
Suicide Prevention Service (blingual) is local and available 24/7. Call 1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)
National Domestic Violence Crisis Line (bilingual) is available 24/7. Call (831) 372-6300, Text START to 88788, or visit the website for online chat.
Trans Lifeline (bilingual) is a peer support service run by Trans people for their Trans and questioning peers. Call (877) 565-8860.(The Hotline is open 24/7, but operating at reduced capacity. They have operators guaranteed to be on call from 2pm –10pm PT)
The Trevor Project is a 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13 to 24. Call 1-866-4887386, Text START to 678-678, or visit the website to chat online.
Veterans Crisis Line 24/7 crisis support for veterans and their families. You do not have to be enrolled or registered with the VA to connect. Call 1-800- 273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or visit the website for online chat.