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.

Dean of Students Offices

  • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, Dr. Jennah Jones, 949-824-1304.
  • Assistant Dean for Student Services, Kyle Jones, 949-824-1384.

On-Site Counseling at the Law School

The Counseling Center has a satellite office that is virtual for the Spring 2022 semester, 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. 

You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Chan by calling (949)-824-6457.  Please specify that you would like to see Dr. Chan.

See additional information on Dr. Chan and the services offered through the virtual 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.  They are seeing patients virtually for the Spring 2022 semester.

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  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 openvirtually 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.  More information on services and appointments is available on the UCI Health Psychiatry Services web page.

Off-Campus Counseling

Are you looking for long-term therapy off-campus? The UCI Counseling Center has partnered with The Shrink Space. It is a web-based referral directory that you can use to search for and message off-campus providers directly on your own. Please note you will have to create a login with an email address to access the full functionality of the directory. They have powerful filters taht allow you to search based on location, availability, identity, specialty, insurance provider, and more!

For students with SHIP Insurance: Once logged in to The Shrink Space and you're on the search results page, set the drop-down menu "In Network Insurance" to "Anthem" and make sure to select "APPLY" at the bottom right of the drop-down menu to accurately filter results.  This will refine the results to only show you those therapists that are in-network with your SHIP plan, which is an Anthem Blue Cross PPO plan.

Once you have selected a therapist and made your first appointment, you need to contact the Student Health Center Insurance Office to request a referral PRIOR to attending your first appointment. Their phone number is: 949-824-2388 or you can email them at shc-insurance@uci.edu, but please note email is not a secure method of communication. You will need the name, address, phone number, and fax number (if they have one) of the therapist you are going to see.  

If you need to download a copy of your SHIP insurance card, view these instructions (PDF) on how to access SHIP info through the mobile Student Health app (PDF)

As a reminder, for the 2021/2022 academic year, your copay will be $0 per session. 

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.

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.
  • The Counseling Center also provides a number of virtual resources on managing stress duirng COVID-19; mindfulness and meditation; mental wellness through art, nature, movement, and sound;self-care during self-quarantine; COVID-19 community resources, social connecting while physical distancing; standing agains discrimination and racism; and coping with election stress.
  • 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 Affairs, 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.

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

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.

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:

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

 

 

 

ABA Well-Being Pledge & Campaign

ABA well-being logo

UCI Law is a signatory to the ABA’s Well-Being Pledge & Campaign. The Campaign is designed to support lawyer and law student well-being and address the profession’s troubling rates of alcohol and other substance-use disorders, as well as mental health issues. The campaign’s goals are to raise awareness, facilitate a reduction in the incidence of problematic substance-use and mental health distress and improve lawyer and law student well-being. From education to policies to culture, the seven-point pledge identified in the Campaign reflects the core areas on which legal employers and law schools should focus and the concrete steps they should take as they seek to achieve those goals.

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