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Mental, Social, Cultural Health


Counseling and Psychological Services (Students)

CAPS strives to help ensure that students, as well as the larger campus community, remain healthy in their pursuit of success. They promote the emotional well-being of students through individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and stress management services.


Promotes the mental, physical and social health of all students by enhancing individual skills and positive relationships with families, peers and the UCSB & Isla Vista community. 
Works within a comprehensive research-based framework to foster healthy campus learning environments that nurture optimal student development, resilience and well-being. 
Is committed to supporting a diverse campus environment. All of our events are open to the whole UCSB student body and we encourage everyone to participate in our services. 

Health and Wellness Diversity Statement


Mental Health

Labyrinth (COMMUNITY)

A walking meditation that has been used since ancient times and across cultures to calm the mind, relax the body, and revive the spirit by following a single circuitous, uninterrupted path to a center and back.

Health & Wellness (Students, Staff & Faculty)

Community Mindfulness Practice/UCSB Meditation
Drop in mindfulness & compassion meditation sessions offered two times per week
Provide neck/shoulder massage to students 3 x/wk; also provide "de-stress" events during dead week
Dog Therapy Day
Therapy dogs on campus close to final exams to reduce stress
Mindful Monday Yoga
Offer Yoga session 1x/qtr in week 8 to introduce students to de-stress options

Contact: (805) 893-2630

A.S. Commission on Student Well Being (COSWB) (Students)

Will put on events such as yoga classes, mental health first aid trainings, Free Fitness Tuesdays, self-defense classes, meditation workshops, stress-relief workshops and activities, Pardall Carnival

Diana Collins Puente; dianap@as.ucsb.edu

CAPS Mental Health Peers (Students) 

Over 15 students hired as mental health peers to offer on-going peer level support to students. Drop-in peer counseling, Massage & Egg Chairs, Workshops, School Anxiety Program. Mental Health Peers page includes many tools for student wellbeing and stress reduction. Resources:

Coping Tools

Building & Maintaining Close Relationships 

Mental Health Concerns

Unique Challenges for Student Groups 

Contact: (805) 893-4411
Clinician on call available 24/7

CARE - Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (Students, Staff & Faculty)

The CARE: Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education office at UCSB provides confidential advocacy and support to students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. CARE also works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to educate the campus community about the vital role that each of us has in ending interpersonal violence at UCSB.

Want to make an appointment? Call the 24/7 advocacy line at 805-893-4613, or click here.

Anonymous Reporting Form: Anonymous reports will be forwarded to the UC Police Department so that they can keep the information on file and initiate a timely warning (campus alert) text/email message from UCPD to inform the campus community of a potential ongoing safety threat.  

Mindful UCSB (Staff & Faculty) 

If you have been looking for a short, meaningful and effective introduction to evidence based mindfulness and meditation, this 4-week Mindful UCSB workshop is for you. During this workshop you will explore personal access points to developing greater mindfulness in your life. Through periods of silent mindfulness meditation, didactical instruction, personal inquiry, expert teachings, exercises and live Q&A, you will be skillfully guided to take your first steps with evidence based mindfulness practice. Join UCSB Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential's Director of Education Dawa Tarchin Phillips for 4 weeks of purposeful personal growth and professional development.

Hyacinth Locke; mindfulucsb@gmail.com  

ASAP - Academic & Staff Assistance Program (Staff & Faculty)

ASAP offers counseling to promote the emotional health and well-being of all UCSB staff and faculty in a confidential and cost-free setting. Skilled counselors are available to help with managing and minimizing organizational and individual impacts through high quality consultation, psychological wellness training, and much more. ASAP provides a safe, supportive, and culturally sensitive environment for UCSB employees.

For more information, visit the website or call (805) 893-3318.


The Office of the Ombuds is a safe place at UC Santa Barbara to come and discuss workplace issues, interpersonal conflict, academic concerns, bureaucratic runarounds, and many other problems. The Office of the Ombuds does not, however, take a side and advocate for individuals regarding a University dispute. The Ombuds will listen to questions and concerns, identify and evaluate options, make appropriate referrals, and recommend change in University policies and procedures.

Cultural Health

LUNA -  Latinx UCSB Networking Association (Staff & Faculty)

LUNA’s primary mission is to provide activities and opportunities to assist with the retention, development, and promotion of Latinx communities at UCSB. In addition, LUNA promotes the ties with institutional, local, regional and national organizations with similar missions to learn from and contribute to diversify the university.
For more information email UCSBLUNA@gmail.com or visit LUNA's facebook page @LUNA.UCSB


APIA’s is an organization promoting social and professional development activities for the Asian and Asian American community at UCSB. Weekly luncheons, film screenings, neighborhood festivals and the like are part of the faculty committed to educating themselves and supporting Gauchos. For more information email Michael Takahara (michael.takahara@sa.ucsb.edu) or visit APIA's Facebook page.


UCSB Black is a supportive and enjoyable space for Black identified faculty and staff at UCSB to build community and create connections with one another. We hope to further develop and sustain an environment that allows Black faculty and staff to feel supported, professionally and personally, by their peers. For more information, visit their Orgsync page or their forums.


APIIGA is comprised of UCSB students and members of the local Native affiliated community who promote cultural awareness to the University’s general population and to provide a cultural connection and sense of community for UCSB’s American Indian Students. These goals are accomplished through weekly meetings, monthly socials, and cultural/social get-togethers throughout the year. Check out their website and their Facebook page for additional representation of Native & Indigenous peoples professional groups.