Immediate Crisis Support

If you are a student or are working with a student experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the CAPS 24-hour confidential crisis line at (831) 459-2628. 

See Say Do Something

UC Santa Cruz is committed to a safe, supportive learning and working environment for all members of the campus community. Campus safety is our top priority, and we take all threats of violence seriously to protect everyone’s health and well-being. 

  • See Something: Recognize indicators of distress including signs of depression, unusual behavior, isolation and social withdrawal, and problems with academics
  • Say Something: Support a student in distress by initiating contact, listening sensitively and carefully, or offering assistance
  • Do Something: Encourage a student to seek help by giving the student resources, making a referral to Slug Support, or following up with the student

If you are experiencing emotional or psychological distress and are unsure if your distress warrants immediate crisis assistance, please reference the examples below:

  • You are having thoughts of physically harming yourself or someone else.
  • You are having odd or disturbing experiences, such as hearing voices or seeing things that others do not see or hear.
  • You experienced a physical or sexual assault within the last few days.
  • You or someone you care about is being physically hurt or abused, or someone is threatening to hurt you or someone else.
  • You are having difficulties coping with the death of someone who died recently.
  • You believe you are having an adverse reaction to a psychological medication prescribed by CAPS (although if your health or life is in imminent danger, call 911 or visit an urgent care facility or emergency room).
  • You are having a crisis related to your drug or alcohol use (although if your health or life is in imminent danger, call 911 or visit an urgent care facility or emergency room).
  • In the past few days, you have become unable to provide for your own food, clothing, or shelter.
  • A UCSC student you know is experiencing one of the situations listed here and you aren't sure what to do about it (although if the student's health or life is in imminent danger, call 911).

More information and resources on Crisis Assistance from UCSC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

If you are a student in need of emergency food, housing, or other basic needs assistance, you may contact the UCSC Dean of Students Slug Support Program directly by:

UCSC's Slug Support Program is available to assist students facing a wide variety of issues to include difficulty acclimating to college, need for additional resources, and assistance with navigating campus operations. While the Slug Support Program does not provide counseling directly to students, we work very closely with Counseling and Psychological Services to get students the emotional and psychological support they need. Other actions Slug Support Managers may take: 

  • As needed, call upon other campus entities such as Counseling and Psychological Services, Financial Aid Office, Disability Resource Center, Academic Advising, Student Conduct, Campus Police and many others.
  • Assist the student in accessing the most appropriate campus and community support services to address the presenting problems
  • Provide financial resources such as funding for food, emergency housing, and other essential needs.
  • Follow-up with students to reinforce utilization of services provided and notify the referring party of significant outcomes as appropriate. 

Referrals to the Slug Support Program can be made both by the student and/or someone in the UCSC campus community.  If you are a student or know a student who needs support and/or resources, you can start by navigating to the referral page for instructions on making a referral for our services. If you have questions about basic needs resources here at UCSC, or do not know where else to get support, the UCSC Slug Support Program can help. 

Campus Crisis Support Resources 

List of Crisis/Resources On and Off campus

Slug Support Program

  • Report behavior and consultations about distressed students
  • Access to food and toiletries pantry 
  • Referral for immediate food, housing, and other basic needs support

(831) 459-4446

Counseling and Psychological Services

Referral/consult for mental health concerns

(831) 459-2628

After-Hours Crisis Services

Immediate help for any crisis related issues

Mon-Fri 5:00 pm–8:00 pm | 24 hours on weekends and holidays

(831) 459-2628

Dean of Students Office

Consult for all student concerns

(831) 459-4446