Black Lives Matter

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This page contains resources for Black and African-American students. UHS has another resource page for Black and African American Faculty and Staff.

Current and historical events across our nation are impacting many of our UC Berkeley students, and are particularly impacting our Black and African American community. Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) joins the rest of UHS and the University of California, Berkeley, in expressing our grief, sorrow, and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race-based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. We are appalled and outraged by the racist killings of recent months and stand in solidarity with our Black and African American community.  These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice and violence and we stand against racism and hate in all forms.  CAPS is committed to addressing anti-Blackness, and other forms of systemic oppression, racism, and discrimination.

As mental health clinicians, we understand that oppressive and harmful systems have a direct impact on mental well-being. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing racial injustice and violence, we can experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, grief, helplessness and/or guilt.  As a service, CAPS is committed to providing affirming and racial trauma-informed care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma.  

We encourage you to contact our office if you (or someone you know) would like support with coping and healing. Counselors are available for phone and video counseling appointments. CAPS employs mental health professionals trained to provide support to individuals from a wide array of identities, including traditionally marginalized, historically oppressed or disenfranchised groups.

  • Call Counseling and Psychological Services at (510) 642-9494 to talk to a counselor

  • When the Tang Center is closed, call the after-hours counseling line (855) 817-5667

  • Visit the CAPS website for more information about services

Counseling Groups

Please call (510) 642-9494 to join.  If you are interested in joining after the listed start date, please give us a call as there may still be openings or new groups starting.

For a full list, go to the group counseling page.

  • Black Womxn’s Sister Circle
  • BIPOC Queer Womxn's Support Circle
  • BIMOC Black Indigenous Men of Color Healing Circle
  • Heart Wisdom: BIPOC Meditation and Healing Community
  • Q-BIPOC Harm Reduction

Virtual "Let’s Talk" Drop-In Consultations

Want an informal consultation with a Black counselor from CAPS? Sign-up for a time and the counselor can meet with you by Zoom video or by phone.

You can also see the full list of Virtual Let's Talk Drop-In Consultations with Counselors.

Health Coaching with Black-Identified Staff

Get support from a Health Coach on identifying your needs, priorities, and how to support your health and wellness. They are open for virtual appointments!

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Fatigue is real. Take a step back for rest and recovery whenever it feels necessary so you can support yourself. This can include rest, nourishing yourself, receiving support from your community, play, and movement.