wellness & crisis resources
UCSB Office of the Ombuds
The Office of the Ombuds at UC Santa Barbara provides confidential consultation services to faculty, staff, students, parents, or anyone else with a campus-related concern. The ombuds addresses workplace issues, interpersonal conflict, academic concerns, policy questions, and many other problems, whether as a first step, last resort, or at any point along the way. The Office of the Ombuds is dedicated to ensuring fairness throughout the University and regularly makes recommendations for systemic change.
UC Santa Barbara’s confidential advocacy and education office for interpersonal violence (sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking). We offer free and confidential services for students, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, and friends/loved ones impacted interpersonal and gender-based violence and we provide violence prevention education for the entire UCSB campus
UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to providing timely, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health services to the diverse UCSB student body, as well as professional consultation to faculty, staff, and families. All registered students are eligible for services at CAPS. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options.
UCSB Food for All & Crisis Response
The UCSB Food for All website includes links to information on food pantries and prepared meals, food security and Calfresh Advocates, and nutrition, as well as emergency funds, the Financial Crisis Response Team, and UCSB and Isla Vista housing. UCSB recognizes that students may experience a variety of unique challenges and remains committed to supporting them. If you find yourself in urgent need of resources – be it food, housing, finances, or any other basic needs – know that there are campus/community solutions available to you. Start here for a roadmap.
The Alcohol & Drug Program works in partnership with many campus departments, students, and the community to promote a healthy and safe campus environment. Using science and evaluation-based prevention models, the Alcohol and Other Drug Work Group and Taskforce make recommendations for all program, policy, and enforcement issues related to alcohol and other drugs. This comprehensive effort works to reduce high-risk drinking by:
- Educating students about responsible alcohol use
- Providing early intervention and confidential counseling for those who need help
- Altering the environment to limit access to alcohol by underage students and providing alcohol-free social options
- Ensuring compliance with substance abuse policies and laws, and consequences for policy violation
Health & Wellness supports students as they navigate the University experience for academic success and a fulfilling life. Some of their popular events include Pet Therapy Week and weekly meditation sessions.
One of the main concerns for UCSB staff and faculty is the health and well being of your student. Attending college can be challenging for many students due to stress, fatigue and social pressures. Many services and programs on campus help students to maintain their physical, mental, and social health. Additionally, students are supported when such challenges arise in a variety of ways, including counseling, education, and intervention.