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WellBeingU is a nationally recognized model for improving the inner and physical well-being of students by providing vital behavioral health services, resources, and basic needs. 

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

During these uncertain times, it is normal to experience stress and a fear of the unknown. Learn about resources that can help provide financial support, emergency housing, mental health services, and more as you continue to progress toward your degree.

University Resources

Basic Needs

Cal State LA is committed to providing assistance to students to help with remote learning, emergency housing, financial support, mental health services, and more. Our goal is for you to receive the services you need to continue to progress toward your degree.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Find information about CAPS counseling, support groups, and referral services during physical distancing.
  • Let's Talk is a drop-in service where currently enrolled students can have a brief informal consultation with a counselor once or twice per term. Let’s Talk is for consultation about a specific problem. Whether it’s anxiety, sadness, or relationship problems, sharing your concerns can be helpful. A counselor will listen and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

Mental Health Emergencies and After-Hours Crises

Managing Stress During COVID-19

Speaker Series: Dr. Erica Holmes

In our latest WellBeingU Speaker Series webinar, Dr. Erica Holmes discusses the impact of trauma and toxic stress caused by the pandemic and how people can experience subsequent growth and recovery. Find resources from the presentation below.

Recommended Books

  • The 5-Minute Gratitude Journal: Give Thanks, Practice Positivity, Find Joy by Sophia Godkin
  • Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman
  • The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook: Coming Through Trauma Wiser, Stronger, and More Resilient by Richard G. Tedeschi and Bret A. Moore
  • Everyday Gratitude: Inspiration for Living Life as a Gift

Support Groups

  • Support Group Central: Curates support groups from other organizations, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and re:MIND. You can search for groups by topic. Most groups are free or have a small suggested donation, and you can sign up for email alerts about future meetings by topic, too.
  • Grief Anonymous: Grief Anonymous is a grief support organization dedicated to assisting those grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • Southern California Counseling Center: SCCC believes that mental health care is a right, not a privilege. Anyone who needs counseling should have it. SCCC provides affordable, sliding-scale counseling to people in need for as long as they need care.

Movies to Elicit Tears

  • Life as a House (2001)
  • Beaches (1988)
  • Lion (2016)
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
  • Stepmom (1998)

Well-Being Classrooms

The new Well-Being Classrooms in Salazar Hall offer space for classes to meet that integrates well-being into the learning environment. The rooms feature a living moss wall, comfortable seating, specialized lighting and air systems, and ample natural light.

Providing Basic Needs

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Food Distributions

Our food distribution events have provided groceries and meals to thousands of families in our communities that have been impacted by the COVID-19 economic crisis.

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Mental Health First Aid

More than 700 faculty, staff and students have been certified in Mental Health First Aid, learning skills necessary to identify and assist those in need of mental health resources.

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Laptop and Hotspot Loans

Cal State LA has purchased thousands of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to help students with their classwork during the pandemic. The loans are being distributed during safe drive-thru events.

First Lady’s Blog

First Lady Covino

Dr. Debbie Covino

Get insights into topics and learn about techniques that can help improve your inner well-being, including practicing self-compassion and navigating anxiety.

Student Health Tips

Students share information about how to help slow the spread of COVID-19.