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Emergency & Non-Emergency Interventions

See Something Do Something

Bystander intervention is being a good samaritan for the people around you — being a proactive member of the community. It's looking out for others in order to reduce harm.

Limited Medical Appointments

Limited Medical Appointments Available We are currently prioritizing care for those with timely medical needs including: recent injuries requiring a clinical exam, X-ray, splinting, or crutches acute or worsening illnesses any care requiring prescription medication COVID-related care those that need to establish medical care for ongoing health issues Students with urgent/emergent needs Students with urgent/emergent needsincluding sudden/severe illness, severe pain, or injury within 24 hours can be seen as capacity allows at our Urgent Care...

Wellness and Preventive Health

Taking care of yourself is part of your success on campus.

Besides being inherently important, taking care of your mind and body translates to being more successful in school. When you prioritize your physical and social wellness, you can also maximize your ability to learn efficiently. We encourage you to take charge of your wellness.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Most students make smart and safe choices about using alcohol and other drugs.

These safe choices mean that students don't experience negative academic, physical or social consequences. University Health Services staff work closely with Berkeley students, staff, faculty, and community partners on year-round services and initiatives that aim to reduce risk, consequences, and harm from the use of alcohol and other drugs.


Recent policy changes in a number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and/or recreational use suggest a shift in societal attitudes and perceptions around cannabis. University Health Services takes a harm reduction approach to all substance use, including cannabis.

Cannabis Harm Reduction

If you are considering using cannabis, here are some tips that you can use to reduce your risk of harm and bad experiences:

Avoid cannabis smoke if possible. Cannabis smoke contains tar and toxins. The safest choice is to use a vaporizer. Take shallow puffs, not deep...

Mental Health

Anonymous online screenings for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress. The screenings may help you determine whether seeking professional consultation would be of benefit to you. These free screenings are available to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty members and are taken anonymously. Be Well ...

Sleeping Soundly

Sleeping soundly should come easy after a day at school.

But, for many of us, nighttime slumber is disrupted by thoughts of our "to-do" list, worries about our studies or workload, or interruptions from roommates, etc. One-third of all American adults experience an occasional or persistent sleep disturbance known as insomnia. According to modest estimates, at least 20-30 million Americans suffer from insomnia.

Exercise: Starting a Walking Program

General Guidelines

Please check with your physician before starting a regular exercise program.

Beginner - Try walking briskly at a 3 to 3.5-mph pace (walking a mile in 17-20 minutes), beginning with 10 minutes per day for the first three weeks. Slowly increase the time you walk by 5 minutes per week until you are able to walk 30 minutes per day, six days per week. Intermediate - If you are already regularly active, start at this level. If not, you can continue here after about a month of the "Beginner" program. Aiming for a pace of 3.5 to 4.5 mph (13...

Body Piercings: Cleaning and Healing

collapse all expand all General Care for Body Piercings Always wash hands thoroughly before contact with piercing. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. (Both slow the healing of pierced area by drying and killing new healthy cells.) Do not use bacitracin or other ointments. (Ointments attempt to heal the skin & may slow oxygen transport to the tissue). Use salt soaks for best care/cleaning of ring or stud and loosening...

Do You! Week at UC Berkeley

Do You! Week is a week-long series of events at UC Berkeley to promote a campus alcohol and other drugs (AOD) culture that supports all who study, live, work & play in the campus area.