May is Mental Health Awareness Month. A lot has changed since May 2020, and while some pandemic-related stressors have thankfully begun to let up, mental health awareness remains as important as before the pandemic. If there are silver linings to the unique burdens and challenges we’ve all experienced, one of these has to be the giant leap into the mainstream the conversation around mental health has taken.
This May, there will be lots of opportunities to join the conversation at events you can find on Each Aggie Matters’ Mental Health Calendar, get involved with student groups and orgs that are part of the UC Davis Mental Health Coalition or even make mental health a part of your campus job as a Health Education and Promotion (HEP) Student Coordinator.
Even if you’re not up for any of that—if you’ve read this far, take a minute or two to reacquaint yourself with the campus services and wellness programming—both in-person and virtual—that are here for you.
You can access counseling services for free, from anywhere. Use Health-e-Messaging or call 530-752-0871 to schedule an appointment.
All Mental Health Crisis Consultation Services are offered via phone consultation or secure video conferencing. Call 530-752-0871.
Please remember that for emergencies, you should call 911 immediately.
Additional mental health resources:
- Mental Health and COVID-19 flyer (PDF download)
- Student Health and Well-Being flyer (PDF download): Includes resources for specific communities. Compiled by SHCS' Health Equity Committee.
- Tips for Managing Socio-Political Stress flyer (PDF download)
- LiveHealth Online: Have secure, online video visits with licensed mental health professionals and primary care providers; no referral is needed.
- Therapy Assistance Online (TAO): Free, mobile-friendly help for stress, anxiety and depression that fits around your busy life.
- Mental Health Calendar: Daily events, workshops and activities supporting mental health from across campus.
- Crisis Text Line: Text RELATE to 741741.
However you define wellness, make ample time for it as a part of taking good care of yourself and your mental health.
The recent reopening of the ARC, Rec Pool and other campus venues has opened up more IRL opportunities for getting active and enhancing your sense of well-being. There are also many everyday ways you can take a break from studying—and from screens in general—to find time for self-care through doing something you enjoy or exploring a new outlet.
Additional health and wellness resources:
- Healthy UC Davis COVID-19 Resources for Health & Well-being: offers a comprehensive guide to everything from getting help during a mental health crisis to building community on campus to getting physically active.
- Campus Recreation: the place to find active and creative ways of having fun and enhancing your well-being, including at the recently reopened ARC.
- My Self-Care Plan (PDF download): a self-care worksheet created by Each Aggie Matters.
- Schedule an Appointment with a Dietitian: SHCS offers virtual appointments with dietitians. Log in to Health-e-Messaging or call 530-752-2349.
- Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center: offers many services and assistance to support students’ access to basic needs, including emergency and non-emergency grants.