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Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.    —World Health organization

Mental Health - Dual Axis Model


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  • Conduct a mental health review and develop an inventory of existing mental health resources
  • Launch a mental health literacy campaign to increase campus knowledge of mental health, decrease stigma and address salient barriers to care
  • Contribute to and sustain a health academic community through ongoing education, research and coursework on mental health
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Trajectories of Underrepresented Graduate Students While In Graduate School

The following YouTube video contains photos and narratives which are part of the findings of the "Social Connectedness and Collective Healing in the Academic Profession" Photovoice project, funded by UCR Healthy Campus.

  • Crisis Support
    Health or
    If you or someone else is having a health or safety emergency, please call the UC Police department (UCPD) at 911 or (951) 827-5222.
    Non-Immediate Health or Safety Emergency
    If help is needed that is not of immediate health or safety emergency, please call CAPS at (951) 827-5531 or Case Management at (951) 827-5000 for a consultation. Consultations are available during normal business hours, please call the main line and ask to speak with the counselor on duty.
    After Hours Health or Safety Emergency

    If you are concerned about a student after hours, please call our 24/7 counseling line at (951) 827-8522 (UCR-TALKS). The 24/7 number will connect you to a mental health therapist with whom you can consult, or who can speak directly to the student.

    Helping Students in Distress
    • Follow this Response Protocol to determine who to contact if a student is in distress.
    • UCR Red Folder - To help you determine who to contact when faced with a distressed or distressing student.
    Crisis Hotlines


  • Peer Support

    Peer groups are a great resource for education, mentorship, and making connections. The following are a sample of peer groups for you to get involved with! 

    The Well’s Active Minds
    Active Minds is a student-led, nationally recognized organization with over 400 campus chapters and is the largest voice for young adult mental health advocacy across the country. The Wells Active Minds Peer Program at The Well involves and empowers UCR students to comprehensively and effectively change the conversation on campus about mental health. The program uses a balance of awareness campaigns, educational programs, and social events to bring its messages to the campus. For more information on getting involved with Active Minds, visit the Active Minds webpage located on The WELL website.
    R'Collegiate Recovery
    UCR Collegiate Recovery provides a community for students in recovery from alcohol and drug use problems and other addictions through fellowship, community, and a safe space.
    Peer-Led Workshops

    Active Minds can bring the program to you, your class, residence hall or student group.

    • Nine Dimensions of Wellness: This 60-minute program explores wellness from a holistic perspective while learning how UCR’s resources aim to integrate healthy practices into the student experience.
    • Food and Mental Health: Learn how the food you put into your body affects you holistically in this 60-minute Active Minds program.
    • Mental Health Awareness 101: Learn about mental wellness from a holistic perspective, the factors that affect our mental health, and coping skills to maintain and improve it.
    • Time Management: Learn skills to prioritize your time and better organize your school, work and personal life to make them work for you.
    • Sound Asleep: In this 60-minute Active Minds program, learn how the sleep we get affects all aspects of living – attention span, mental health, memory and physical health.
    • Erasing the Stigma: The purpose of this presentation is to understand the discrimination faced by people with mental health issues/disorders and to inspire people to work together to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
    • Treat Your Self: In this 60-minute interactive program led by Active Minds, peers learn how to manage stress on a tight schedule with a tight budget.
    Request a Workshop or Presentation
    UCR Network of Peers

    Join a peer group that meets your interests and needs at UCR! Our Power of the Peers Network has over 30 peer groups to choose from that provide spaces for mentorship, education, outreach, social connection, and community-building. To get more information on UCR's Network of Peers:

    • Stop by The Well | (HUB 248) to talk about all the different peer group options with our staff and students.
    • Visit The Well > UCR's Network of Peers


  • Mental Health Training

    The goal of providing Mental Health trainings is to help educate campus communities on mental health issues, empower them to utilize helping skills and proactive wellness practices, eliminate the stigma towards mental health through a community of care, and ensure that the UCR community is well informed on resources to support a mentally healthy campus.

    UCR’s Health, Counseling and Wellness offices offer a variety of options for mental health trainings for students, staff and faculty.  For the most up to date listing of trainings and contacts, visit

    Mental Health Trainings

    Campus Connect -
    Suicide Awareness Training
    Recognizing and responding to warning signs of suicide

    Let's talk about how to recognize and respond to warning signs of suicide:

    • Recognize the warning signs of a suicidal crisis
    • Compassionately ask a student about their suicidal thoughts
    • Help a student feel understood, validated and acknowledged
    • Appropriately refer a student to mental health resources

    Students | faculty | staff: To request a workshop, please complete the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) presentation request form and email to

    Recognizing and Responding to Distressed/
    Disruptive Student

    Participate in a 90-minute “ Responding to Distressed Students” training.

    • Review symptoms of distress
    • Recognize distressed and disruptive behaviors and appropriate responses
    • Learn about UCR and other resources that can help both the student-in-need and you
    • Participate in an interactive learning experience

    Students | faculty | staff: To sign up for an individual or group training, please contact

    Intro to
    CAPS and Other Mental Health Resources

    Introduction to CAPS is a brief overview of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This is a brief (typically 15-20 minute) presentation designed for students, faculty, staff, student organizations and campus partners who want to learn more about CAPS services and how to access them. The training also includes mental health resources available to the  UCR community.

    Students | faculty | staff:  To request a workshop, please complete the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) presentation request form and email to

    Free Online Training
    Be There for Students in Crisis

    Take the 30-minute “At-Risk” online simulation.

    • Increase your knowledge and awareness of mental health and suicide
    • Learn how to talk with a student who may be in distress
    • Connect a student with mental health resources

    Students: Take the online simulation – enter the enrollment key UCRiverside16 to get started
    Faculty and staff:
    Take the online simulation or access it through the UC Learning Center (LMS)

    Be There for Student Veterans

    Take the 30-minute “Veterans At-Risk” online simulation.

    • Identify a distressed student veteran who could be at risk for suicide
    • Respond effectively and compassionately
    • Appropriately refer a student to mental health resources

    Students: Take the online simulation – enter the enrollment key UCRiverside16 to get started
    Faculty and staff:
    Take the online simulation or access it through the UC Learning Center (LMS)

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    Faculty and Staff
    • Faculty and Staff Program (FSAP)
      The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is designed to offer confidential counseling, referral and other needed services to staff, faculty, and their family members with personal concerns, including credit or financial concerns, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, and family problems.
    • Human Resources Wellness Program
    Faculty and Staff Resources in Support of Students

    For emergency assistance (e.g., threats to harm self or others) on or near campus:

    For other urgent needs that do not require emergency assistance, consult the following resources:

    Call or visit:

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 Mental Health Podcasts/"Fireside Chats"

Our podcasts are basically trying to increase mental health awareness and reduce stigma by increasing the conversation on various mental health topics. The more we talk about, the less the stigma, and the more normal it will be to discuss various common mental health issues students, faculty, and everyone in their daily lives struggles with. On this page we offer casual conversations with leading experts on various mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, etc to inform our target audience about the topics and spark conversations about discussing mental health and its significance on overall physical health and a healthy mind.

Because these are casual or informal conversations talking about serious issues and are primarily informing, we thought “fireside chats” was the best title as fireside chats are defined as informal conversations disseminating important and relevant information. Get ready for some fun and fast conversations with leading experts, faculty and community members to dissect some of the most common mental health issues!

To listen to the "fireside chats", please visit the Mental Health Podcasts webpage.

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Gerald Maguire

Gerald Maguire, MD
Faculty Co-Lead

Professor and Chair
Psychiatry and Neuroscience
School of Medicine

Connie Marmolejo

Connie Marmolejo
Staff Co-Lead

Mental Health Educator
The Well 

Sarah Gohn

Sarah Gohn
Staff Co-Lead

Licensed Clinician
CAPS Outreach Coordinator