Mental Health Resources

If you’re worried about your mental health or emotional well-being, you don’t have to face it alone. When problems begin to interfere with your emotional or physical health, your relationships, your work — or life in general — you may need to talk with someone who can help. Call or email Dean Schroeder or Dr. Jennah Jones. We can work with you to address your concerns and arrange for help that will meet your needs and preserve your confidentiality.

Student Services

Student Services is available to help you with personal and academic advising, counseling, and referrals. Our office is located behind the front reception desk in EDU. You may also contact us directly or drop by for an appointment:

Counseling and Psychological Services at UCI

The UCI Counseling Center is located in Student Services 1, across Ring Road from the Starbucks adjacent to the campus bookstore. It is at 203 Student Services 1 • Irvine, CA 92697-2200.

The Counseling Center provides crisis intervention, brief individual and couples counseling, groups, and workshops on a variety of personal and academic issues. The Center also assists students with urgent care and some psychological testing. Psychiatric evaluation and intervention are available on a limited basis for students concurrently seen in therapy. A wide range of workshops and courses related to interpersonal and developmental issues including cross cultural interaction, intimacy and friendships, interpersonal communication, and coping and resiliency are offered annually.

In addition, the Counseling Center provides support to the University community through crisis intervention, training regarding mental health issues, and outreach and consultation services. The Center’s services are available and free of charge to currently registered students. Students with chronic and severe mental health issues needing long term and extensive services are referred to other appropriate community providers.

Making an Appointment

Call the Counseling Center at (949) 824-6457 or walk in and ask to make an “initial appointment.” The receptionist will assist you in finding the first available appointment that fits your schedule (generally available within 10 business days). The information gathered during this appointment will assist the counselor in determining what next steps would be most appropriate for you. The Center is open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If your situation requires immediate attention, you may request to see the urgent care therapist. 

Fees

Access to counseling services is free to all registered UC Irvine students. Students do not need to have purchased the Student Health Insurance Plan to see a counselor. Initial appointments, urgent visits, and all other services offered through the Counseling Center are supported through student registration fees.

After Hours Assistance

In the event of an emergency, during or after hours, go to:

Off-Campus Counseling Through GSHIP

If you have health care through GSHIP and would like to see an off-campus mental health professional, please follow the instructions on this form. Fill it out and turn it into the GSHIP office located at the Student Health Center across the street from the Law School.

Self Assessment

Screening for Mental Health offers on-line mental health screenings that are free and confidential. The screenings can help you decide whether it is time to meet with a professional.
ULifeline offers an online mental health self-evaluation as well as a wealth of information about mental health issues.

Suggested Reading

Attention-Deficit

  • Hallowell, Edward M. & John J. Ratey, Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood (1994).

Anxiety

  • Davis, Martha, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, & Matthew McKay, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (1988).

Bipolar Disorder

  • Miklowitz, Dennis, The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know (2002).

Depression

  • Burns, David D., Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (1999).
  • Greenberger, Dennis G., & C.A. Padesky, Mind Over Mood (1995).

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Edna B. Foa, & Reid Wilson, Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (1991).

Panic Disorder

  • Zuercher-White, Elke, An End to Panic (1998).

Procrastination

  • Fiore, Neil, The Now Habit (2007).
  • Burka, Jane and Lenora M. Yuen, Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now (2008).

Social Anxiety

  • Markway, Barbara G., Cheryl N. Carmin, C. Alec Pollard, Teresa Flynn, Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Phobia (1992).

Additional Resources

UCI:

If you need accommodations for a diagnosed psychological or learning disability, contact UC Irvine’s Disability Service Center.

In addition to individual counseling, the Counseling Center offers group support for a variety of issues.

UCI CARE provides free and confidential support services to members of the UCI community impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. UCI CARE aims to end these forms of power-based personal violence by engaging the campus community in education, programming, and transformative action.

The ARC offers a number of fitness and well-being programs.

Written especially for UC Irvine graduate and professional school students, Keeping the Balance: A Resource Guide for Well-Being in Graduate and Professional School, contains information and resources that can be helpful in balancing the demands and challenges of graduate school.

UCI also publishes an on-line guide to help you quit smoking.

Grief Counseling:

If you are experiencing grief or loss, whether through death of a friend or loved one, loss of a job, a relationship, or home, remember that grief has its own timeline that is different for everyone. Be kind to yourself and don’t hesitate to reach out to Student Services, or the Counseling Center if you need additional support.

General Mental Health Resources:

The ABA has a helpful toolkit for law student mental health resources.

Mental Health America advocates on behalf of people affected by mental and substance use conditions. Its website contains information about the realities of mental health and mental illness and a guide to living well.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a wealth of information on its website, including crisis intervention resources.  NAMI also has a free helpline: 800-950-6264.

Psych Central and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) also have information on a variety of mental health issues. Additionally, Psych Central has blogs, articles on happiness, self-compassion, and well-being. Psych Central also has an extensive list of online resources.

Top Law Schools has a guide to self-care during the 1L year. The Federal Bar Association also has tips for staying healthy during law school.

Law School Toolbox also has information on mental health specific to law students.  Listen to JDSupra’s podcast on law school mental health.

Dr. Bob has a compendium of on-line guides prepared by other schools; the guides range from Alcohol and Substance Abuse to Writing.

Depression:

The David Nee Foundation has extensive information on depression. The Foundation has a special section, Uncommon Counsel, devoted to attorney mental health issues.

 Lawyers with Depression blogsite has up-to-date articles on coping with depression.

Sexual Assault:

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. It operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.

Substance Abuse

The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers, law students and judges throughout California dedicated to assisting others within the legal profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems. Click here for information about meetings in Orange County.

The ABA has a substance abuse toolkit especially for law students.

UCI has self-assessment tools if you are concerned about excessive use of alcohol or marijuana.

The New York Times Magazine has a lengthy article on substance abuse with a particular emphasis on high-powered business lawyers.

Wellness:

Balance: The Mindful website provides healthy tips on food, exercise, and work-life balance.

Coping with Exam Stress:  Equal Justice Works  and Law School Success provide ways to reduce stress during exam time.

Healthy Eating:  RN Central has good advice on healthy eating.  Harvard University has an easy-to-follow guide to the recently revised food pyramid.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep:  It’s well-known that a good night’s sleep is essential to healthy living, and greatly improves the mind’s ability to absorb and process new material.  Law School Toolbox, the National Institute of Health, and the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep all have tips on improving the quality of your sleep.

Exercise: WebMed has an on-line guide to exercise.