Over the last few years, you may have become acquainted with the Look for the Signs App (for students) and the Mental Health Handbook for faculty, staff and GSIs to assist you in helping someone in distress. One component of that help is understanding when a student may be in danger of suicide. Counseling and Psychological services (CAPS) would like to offer you a unique training specifically to support students who may be thinking about suicide.
At times, students may need documentation of services received at CAPS to support withdrawal from classes, arrangements with financial aid, accommodations through Disabled Students Program, and for academic accommodations from instructors.
While it is generally not CAPS policy to write letters, counselors can provide other forms of documentation when appropriate. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can provide the following documentation for current and/or previous clients:
All registered UC Berkeley students can access CAPS and SOS counseling services regardless of insurance. There is no cost to get started.
Students do not need to have purchased the Student Health Insurance Plan to see a counselor. Initial phone and in-person consultations, urgent visits, and short-term counseling visits are all free. Minimal fees apply to other services.
Simply stated, counseling is any relationship in which one person is helping another person to better understand and solve some problem. Friends and relatives provide a type of counseling, as do academic advisors, teachers, and many others. The staff at CAPS differ from others who may offer counseling because of their extensive training in psychology and human behavior. They have a broad range of experience working with many different situations.