I can't cope...

If you feel you can't cope, you are not alone. Many people have those feelings at times and it can be very painful. Take a look at the list below and see if you see yourself in any of these feelings or behaviors:

  • Feeling hopeless or worthless.
  • Separating yourself from others. A lot.
  • Sleeping and/or eating difficulties. Too much or too little.
  • Being persistently angry or stressed.
  • Frequently crying.
  • Not caring about school or work.
  • Drinking or drugging too much.
  • Hearing or seeing things that others don’t hear or see.
  • Wild mood swings.
  • Thoughts or plans to hurt yourself, others, or to commit suicide.

If you recognize yourself in this list, the most important thing is to talk with someone, preferably a trained mental health professional. The pathway to feeling better begins with letting someone know you are hurting. Some situations are truly emergencies and you need to get help right away.  Other situations are less immediately critical and you can begin by making an appointment.   All mental health issues are important, and you deserve help and support no matter the urgency.

If you are in an EMERGENCY state and are planning to seriously harm yourself or others, then you need to talk to someone NOW, call:

911  (For UCPD Emergency dial 415-476-6911)*


Go to your nearest Emergency Room*

*If possible call someone you can trust to be with you until help arrives.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, and are worried you might harm yourself or others, but don’t have a plan or intent to do so:

During Business Hours (Mon –Fri, 8am – 4:30pm):

Call Student Health and Counseling Services at 415-476-1281, and press option #2 to speak with a provider.


Walk in to the SHCS Parnassus or Mission Bay Clinic


Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Mon –Fri after 5:30pm, on Weekends, or during Holidays:

Call the SHCS Crisis Line at 415-476-1281, and press option #7


Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

If you are having trouble but it is not an immediate emergency:

Call Student Health and Counseling Services at 415-476-1281, and dial option #2 during business hours to schedule an appointment.

In the meantime, let one or more people that you feel you can trust know you are struggling.  This could be a friend, a partner, a counselor, a faculty member, a coach, or a parent.  Each can be a part of your support network as you move toward getting professional help.