Mental Health Awareness Month




May 1, 2020


SUBJECT:    Mental Health Awareness Month

In light of recent world changes and challenges due to the COVID-19
pandemic, it is natural to experience an increase in stress, anxiety and
other mental health symptoms. Now, more than ever, it is important to be
aware of our mental health and prioritize self-care and wellbeing.

May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. UC San Diego’s
Counseling and Psychological Services and the Tritons Flourish
Initiative have partnered with departments across campus to create
virtual wellbeing programs and events for undergraduate, graduate and
professional students as well as staff and faculty throughout the Spring
quarter. These events include workshops, forums and self-guided online
interactive programs. To view a full calendar of events, please visit

Campus mental health and wellbeing support services traditionally
available to our Triton community on campus continue to operate

Currently, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides mental
health support for students via telehealth options including video and
telephone appointments. To learn more about new telehealth options,
watch this informative video: Contact CAPS
at 858-534-3755 or visit to connect with mental
health resources.

Campus staff, faculty and all postdoctoral scholars can access
telehealth services such as counseling, support groups, organizational
support and management consultations through our top-rated Faculty and
Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at no cost. To make an appointment, call
858-534-5523 or visit

Campus employees who opted for medical insurance coverage are also
offered behavioral health and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
services. Please see the behavioral health plan details aligned with
your individual medical plan for more information.

UC San Diego Health/Health Sciences staff and faculty can access mental
health services via LiveandWorkWell, the Employee Assistance Program
(EAP) administered by Optum. The EAP is a confidential and free service,
designed to help employees and their family resolve concerns that may be
affecting personal well-being. To access services, you may call
866-808-6205 or visit and use company code

The HEAR (Healer Education, Assessment and Referral) Program provides
confidential, online assessment of stress, depression, and other related
issues to provide personalized referrals to local clinicians and
community resources. This program is available for medical and pharmacy
students, residents, and fellows, in addition to medical school faculty
and healthcare staff. To access this program, please visit

We are committed to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of all of
our campus members and to creating a community where everyone can
flourish, even during challenging times.

Pradeep K. Khosla