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: