Mental Health Resources for College Students in San Diego
Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here. If you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Trained and experienced counselors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide support, referrals, and crisis intervention. You can also call the Access and Crisis Line if you are concerned about someone, just need to talk, have questions about how to offer support, or if you are looking for information about community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
Is a nonprofit organization that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.
Is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health. ULifeline is a project of The Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to protect the emotional health of America’s college students, and was developed with input from leading experts in mental health and higher education. The Jed Foundation provides ULifeline to all colleges and universities free of charge, regardless of the size or type of institution.
California State University San Marcos Student Health and Counseling Services:
Phone: (760) 750-4915
Short-term individual, couple, family and group counseling is available at no charge to enrolled Cal State San Marcos students. Students may be seen for up to eight sessions per academic year, including the Counseling Assessment session. Sessions are usually held weekly and are 50 minutes in length. Groups may be longer-term and are usually 90 minutes in length. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch and closed Mondays 1-2 p.m. for staff meetings. Located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA 92096-0001.
Cuyamaca College Health & Wellness Center:
Phone: (619) 660-4200
The Health and Wellness Center at Cuyamaca College offers confidential crisis intervention, short-term behavioral guidance and counseling referrals to all of its currently enrolled students. Office hours are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Located in room I-134 in the Student Center.
Grossmont College Health Services:
Phone: (619) 644-7192
Grossmont College Health Services offers free confidential, short-term individual, group and couples mental health counseling to all registered and current students. Office hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Located in Health Services building 60, room 130.
MiraCosta College Health Services:
Phone: (760) 795-6675
MiraCosta College Health Services offers personal counseling at the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses. Counseling services are provided by Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) interns under the supervision of a licensed professional. Individual, couple and family counseling, as well as crisis counseling and referral information, are available at no cost. Sessions are usually 50 minutes, one time per week, for six weeks. To obtain these services, you must be currently enrolled and have paid the health services fee. Locations and hours: Oceanside Campus: Building 3300, Office 3326 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.) San Elijo Campus Student Center: Room 922 (Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Miramar College: Student Mental Health Counseling:
Phone: (619) 388-7881
San Diego Miramar College Mental Health Counseling offers free, confidential mental health counseling services that includes short term individual sessions, consultation, crisis intervention, referrals and workshops for currently enrolled students. Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday.
Palomar College: Behavioral Health Counseling Services:
Phone: (760) 744-1150 x2197
Short-term individual, couple, family and group counseling is available at no charge to enrolled Palomar College students. Students may be seen for up to six sessions per semester, including the Counseling Assessment session. Sessions are usually held weekly and are 45 minutes in length. Groups may be longer-term, and are usually 90 minutes in length. Behavioral Health Counseling Services is located in the HC Building (Student Health Center) at the north end of the San Marcos campus and in the Counseling Center at the Escondido Center.
Point Loma Nazarene University Wellness Center:
Phone: (619) 849-2574
Brief counseling is available in the Wellness Center for currently enrolled, undergraduate students at PLNU. The Wellness Center is open Monday – Friday during the academic school year to offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments.
San Diego City College Mental Health Counseling:
Phone: (619) 388-3055
San Diego City College offers free confidential short-term individual, group, and couples mental health counseling to all registered and current students. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: 12 – 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 – 6 p.m. (by appointment ONLY) and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Located in BT-105.
San Diego Mesa Health and Psychological Counseling Services:
Phone: (619) 388-2774
Therapists are available to currently enrolled students by appointment only. Please visit the health services office on campus to apply for therapy, located in room I4-209.
SDSU Counseling & Psychological Services:
Phone: (619) 594-5220
Registered and fee paying undergraduate and graduate students at San Diego State University can take advantage of free and confidential short-term individual, couples and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention through SDSU’s Counseling & Psychological Services. It also provides consultation and referral services to students, staff, faculty and parents. C&PS is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Capuli Center off 5700 Hardy Ave., Suite 4401, San Diego, California 92182-4730.
UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):
Phone: (858) 534-3755
Registered and fee paying undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, San Diego can take advantage of free and confidential individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Central Office is located at Galbraith Hall 190.
University of San Diego Counseling Center:
Phone: (619) 260-4655
The Counseling Center offers USD students a range of confidential services to enhance their emotional, relational and psychological well-being. Enrolled students can receive an assessment with a counselor to discuss personal and/or academic concerns and to decide the best course of action to address the student’s concerns, which may include individual and/or group counseling, a psychiatric consultation, a referral to another program on campus or a provider in the community. Office Hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., extended to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Students can schedule an appointment by logging into their USD MyWellness Portal at mywellness.sandiego.edu. The Counseling Center is located in Serra Hall Room 300.