Self-Care, Support, and Connection
The health and wellbeing of our Banana Slug community comes first, and requires us all to do our part. Everyone in our community should be adopting Slug Strong habits that help to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
As many of you return to the greater Santa Cruz area, we encourage you to diligently engage in the practices that mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. It is critical that we continuously educate one another about the importance of prevention practices and do the following: maintain physical distancing, wear a mask in public, and practice good hygiene and cleaning routines.
Student Health Services (including Medical Services, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Optometry, CAPS, CARE, and SHOP) is open for on-campus students. Students off-campus can also access telehealth services through video and phone appointments.
Medical visits: Schedule an appointment with UCSC Student Health Services for in-person visits or telehealth during business hours. To speak with a Student Health Center advice nurse 24/7, call 831-459-2591.
Mental health visits: To speak to UCSC counselors, psychiatrists, and case managers at CAPS, call 831-459-2628 during business hours. For after hours support, call 831-459-2628, and select option 3 from the automated menu.
Online care options: LiveHealth Online has secure, online video visits with licensed medical and mental health professionals. LiveHealth Online is 24/7, has a co-pay, and no referral is needed.
Appointments are available for psychotherapy and psychiatry, as well as common medical problems like colds, urinary tract infections, fever, headache, or rashes.
LiveHealth Online is not for emergencies. In an emergency, dial 911.
For students with UC SHIP, a medical, mental health, or psychiatry LiveHealth Online visit costs $10. Have a credit card and your UC SHIP insurance number at hand.
For students without UC SHIP, medical visits are $59, mental health visits are $80-$95, and psychiatry visits are $175 (initial) and $75 (follow-up).
Roadmap to Recovery - Students Returning to Campus
Take the Pledge! Together, we can curb COVID-19!
Wear a face covering
Avoid gathering in groups
Keep your hands and equipment clean
Inform your supervisor if you’re sick
For more information, visit the Dean of Students, Together We are Slug Strong.
Feeling stressed out over COVID-19?
The events we are all living through are unprecedented and changing daily. The huge volume of COVID-19 new stories and social media posts might feel overwhelming and confusing. And then there’s the disruption to your daily life, leaving your residence hall and friends, taking classes remotely, fear for loved ones, and your own wellbeing. You may be feeling anxiety and increased stress, which is a natural and expected response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
There are several free online campus resources now available to students to help:
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) an interactive web-based program to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common concerns.
One Perfect Meditation (OPM) provides guided meditations on how to soothe stress, stay motivated, and much more.
Let’s Talk a free, online drop-in program with CAPS counselors.
Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE)
advocates provide nonjudgmental support and resources for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking, and their significant others. Appointments are by video or phone. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (831) 502-2273 for same-day support.
Local students can get information on COVID-19 testing and requirements at the SHC COVID-19 website. Also visit the Health and Wellbeing section of our Roadmap to Recovery's Support for Students page on Frequently Asked Questions.
Possible Apps that might help
Mental Health Apps (CAPS Website): Mental Health Apps, free for all UCSC students, staff, and faculty: One Perfect Medtation app and Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) app.
Calm: guided meditations, sleep meditations, and more.
Headspace: mindfulness for everyday life.
Insight Meditation Timer: this timer also has hundreds of free guided meditations.
Other online programs
Just because we are all now operating at a distance doesn't mean we have to be disconnected. Our commitment is to strive for connection in this time of uncertainty. We need each other more than ever. There are so many ways to stay connected.