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:

On-Site Counseling at the Law School

The Counseling Center has a satellite office located at MPAA 226A where Dr. Diana Chan will provide short-term therapy to help you address your concerns.  Common concerns include relationship issues, academic concerns, trouble adjusting to law school, anxiety, depression, etc. 

Dr. Chan is available to see students on Mondays and Wednesdays during the Fall Semester between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Chan by calling (949)-824-6457.  Please specify that you would like to be seen at the Law School Satellite Office.

Click here for additional information on Dr. Chan and the services offered at the satellite office.

Counseling and Psychological Services at UCI's Main Counseling Center

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:

UCI Psychiatry Health Services

Students may also receive therapy and psychiatric services through the UCI Medical Center’s branch office near campus. Most insurance policies are accepted.  Student with GSHIP must get a referral through the procedure described in “Off-Campus Counseling Through GSHIP,” below.  For information on services and appointments at the UCI Medical Center, click here.

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.

Lawyer Assistance Program

The California State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) helps lawyers, State Bar applicants, and law students who are grappling with stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse or concerns about their career.  Counselors offer a free assessment of the situation and help participants get the help they need, whether it is for a mental health issue, substance abuse or a medical condition. 

LAP promises confidentiality. No information is released about participation in the program without the person’s knowledge or consent. Participation is confidential as mandated by Business and Professions Code §6234.

New to UCI?  FAQs on:

  • Changing Providers
  • Getting Prescriptions
  • Outside Mental Health Providers

Students should contact the SHC to make an appointment with a primary care provider in order to maintain continuity of care including obtaining any necessary prescriptions. SHC will schedule the student with a primary care provider of their choice or with a provider who is available at the student’s preferred appointment date/time. Visit the SHC website for information regarding scheduling appointments. Schedule or Cancel an Appointment. Students may also contact SHC Pharmacy at 949-824-5923 or by email (shc-pharmacy@uci.edu) for questions regarding transferring prescriptions.

Special note regarding patient expectations and prescriptions:

Continuity of care from a UCI SHC psychiatric and/or primary care perspective is expected and includes viewing a history of all past records as well as the SHC prescriber making an independent assessment about the appropriateness of medications and diagnosis as they relate to a number of factors including symptoms.  When appropriate and reasonable care has been delivered in the past, there is generally not a significant concern that the treatment plan, including medications, would be continued. However, new or prospective patients should not expect to obtain the same prescriptions if the SHC provider feels that the care received elsewhere was not appropriate and did not follow best practices.  In these cases, prescriptions would not automatically be continued. Additionally, there are some controlled substances that are not prescribed at the UCI SHC without a higher degree of review, and, therefore, we encourage students to visit the Psychiatry & Mental Health Services webpages on the SHC website to learn more.    

Students should complete a Patient Authorization to Release Medical or Mental Health Information for medical record continuity of care purposes. It can take up to 15 business days for records to be transferred, and some facilities charge a “reasonable fee” for the service.

The SHC and SHC Pharmacy’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, SHC extends its hours of operation during the academic year on Tuesday evenings until 7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Extended hours will begin on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 and will conclude in early June.

Students may obtain their prescriptions from other retail pharmacies if that is more convenient. For students enrolled in GSHIP, a referral is not required to obtain prescriptions at any other pharmacy. For refill of a prescription originally obtained at SHC Pharmacy, the student is advised to contact SHC pharmacy first and have the prescription transferred to the pharmacy of their choice. Please note that prescription refills may now be requested online from the SHC Pharmacy via the Wellness, Health & Counseling Services Student Health Patient Portal.

For students who are enrolled in GSHIP and who wish to seek treatment from a mental health provider in the community, a referral is required from SHC’s Insurance Services department in advance to ensure that the claims are handled and paid appropriately and expeditiously. Please note that claims will be denied by Anthem, the GSHIP carrier, without a referral from SHC. To obtain a referral and/or for more information, contact SHC Insurance Services at 949-824-2388 or by email at shc-insurance@uci.edu. Information regarding GSHIP including referral guidelines is available on SHC’s website at https://shc.uci.edu/insurance.

For services rendered by an in-network provider, the GSHIP plan pays 90% of the maximum allowed amount and the student is responsible for 10% of the maximum allowed amount. The annual in-network deductible of $300.00 also applies. If the student uses a “UC Family” provider (e.g., SHC, UCI Health/UCIMC), then the deductible does not apply. Office visit copays of $10.00 for “UC Family” providers and $15.00 for in-network providers also apply.
There are three ways you can determine if a Provider or Facility is in the Anthem network and, in addition, you can find out where they are located and details about their license or training: 1) See your Plan’s directory of Network Providers at www.anthem.com/ca; choose a plan/network (i.e, UC SHIP PPO) for a list of the Physicians, Providers, and Facilities that participate in this Plan’s network; 2) Call Member Services at 866-940-8306 to request a list of Physicians and Providers that participate in this Plan’s network, based on specialty and geographic area; and 3) Check with SHC’s Insurance Services department which can assist the student in locating an in-network provider. In addition, students can contact the Counseling Center at 949-824-6457 for assistance in locating providers within the community.

Most outside providers within the UC SHIP/Anthem network will not have explicit limits on the number of sessions.  This is the general practice of community therapists who are in-network with UC SHIP.  Students concerned about the number of sessions should ask the provider when making the first appointment.

For students who are enrolled in GSHIP and who wish to seek treatment from an out-of-network mental health provider in the community, a referral is still required from SHC’s Insurance Services department in advance to ensure that the claims are handled and paid appropriately and expeditiously. Please note that claims will be denied by Anthem, the GSHIP carrier, without a referral from SHC. To obtain a referral and/or for more information, contact SHC Insurance Services at 949-824-2388 or by email at shc-insurance@uci.edu . Information regarding GSHIP including referral guidelines is also available on SHC’s website at https://shc.uci.edu/insurance.

The GSHIP plan pays the Out-of-Network Provider 60% of the maximum allowed amount and the student is responsible for 40% of the maximum allowed amount. The annual out-of-network deductible of $500.00 also applies. However, for services rendered by an Out-of-Network Provider, please note that the Out-of-Network Provider can charge you the difference between their standard billed charges and the Plan’s Maximum Allowed Amount plus any Deductible and/or Coinsurance/Copayments. In other words, your coinsurance amount will be based on the Maximum Allowed Amount, not the Provider’s billed charges. If you use an Out-of-Network Provider, you may have to pay Coinsurance plus the difference between the Out-of-Network Provider’s billed charges and the Maximum Allowed Amount. You may also have to pay the out-of-network provider directly and then file claims to seek reimbursement from GSHIP.

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.

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 happinessself-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 (How to Take Care of Your Mental Health) 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. Information about meetings in Orange County >

The ABA has a substance abuse toolkit (PDF) 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 (PDF).

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 (How to Maximize Your Sleep), the National Institute of Health (PDF), 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.

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).