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).

Information on the New UC Health Requirements

Roadmap to Recovery - Students Returning to Campus

Take the Pledge! Together, we can curb COVID-19!

Everyone in our community can adopt six practices to stay Slug Strong:

  • Physically distance

  • Wear a face covering

  • Avoid gathering in groups

  • Keep your hands and equipment clean

  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms

  • 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.

Additional Services

Student Health Outreach & Promotion (SHOP)
provides free appointments with a health educator! To request an appointment, fill out
this Google Form. You can also email your request to

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 or call (831) 502-2273 for same-day support.

COVID-19 Testing
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.

Off-campus students who want a test can get information on testing here.

Possible Apps that might help

Here is an article about coping and staying emotionally well by Active Minds that includes more tips and suggestions, and another article about the Ocean (Ujjayi) Breath.

Other online programs

Shine, a non-profit supporting mental health and wellbeing, has partnered with Mental Health America to create these resources.

UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center has a number of self-care and wellbeing practices for adults.

Building community

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.