CAPS Commitment to Diversity in Response to Recent Events

At Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), we recognize that recent events may be negatively impacting students’ wellbeing.

November 15, 2019

Changes in our country are happening rapidly.

Recent acts of violence, increases in hate crimes, discrimination against marginalized communities, changes to national policies, and the current political climate have caused many students to experience distress, regardless of their political viewpoint. Exposure to distressing and traumatic events has been linked to many reactions, including the following:

  • Confusion/disbelief
  • Feeling “on edge”
  • Anxiety/panic
  • Sadness
  • Helplessness
  • Social isolation
  • Shock or numbness
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Poor sleep

For some, traumatic experiences may also lead to a renewed sense of resilience, strength, and motivation to engage in health-promoting behaviors. Regardless of the ways in which these recent events are impacting you, your families, and your community(ies), consider these suggestions:

  • Take care of your basic needs and talk with those you trust. Your thoughts and feelings are valid.
  • Stay informed but moderate the amount of media you consume. Know your personal signs of overwhelm.
  • Engage in work that is meaningful to you – through volunteering, advocacy activities in your community(ies), and/or spiritual practice.
  • Seek support from an elder, mentor, counselor, or community healer.

For more information, see our CAPS flyer regarding common reactions to traumatic events and coping.

We value our diverse and global community and are committed to supporting the personal development and academic success of all Berkeley students.

We are committed to supporting and celebrating students regardless of political viewpoint, race, ethnicity, gender identity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, relationship orientation, religion, class, ability level, body type/size, genetic information, age, and any other salient or intersecting personal and cultural identities.

We are here for you.

CAPS provides confidential mental health support rooted in social justice and multiculturalism. There are many ways to connect to our services:

  • Schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling (510) 642-9494 or by visiting us on the third floor of the Tang Center. We understand specific populations are being targeted in the current political climate (ex. POC, LGBTQ, undocumented students). Let us know if you would like to meet with a specific counselor or a counselor from a particular background. If our staff is unable to meet your requests, we will work to find someone who can. Click here for staff profiles
  • If you find yourself in high distress, in need of immediate support, or at risk to yourself or others, come to the Tang Center for urgent drop-in counseling Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm. No charge and no appointment needed.
  • For support during weekends and evenings (when CAPS is closed), call (855) 817-5667.
  • If you are concerned about a student or a group of students, please call CAPS at (510) 642-9494 to consult with a counselor.
  • Attend a “Let’s Talk” drop-in consultation visit at one of CAPS’s satellite locations. No appointment needed.