Crisis Assistance

For Emergencies or a Life-Threatening Situation:
Call 911


Need Help Now?

On-Campus Resources:

UCSC Police Department (non-emergencies):

Call (831) 459-2505

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at UCSC

(831) 459-2628     24 Hour Hotline (For after-hours support, select option "3.")

CAPS is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

After business hours, during weekends and on holidays, telephone crisis assessment, safety planning, and referrals for UCSC students are available by calling (831) 459-2628 and selecting option “3.” This service can provide immediate consultation and support by phone regarding a variety of crisis issues and can facilitate the transition to CAPS daytime services.

UCSC – CARE Program

The UCSC CARE Program was created to promote early intervention with students of concern to prevent culminating problems from escalating into a crisis.  The goal of the CARE Program is to identify students of concern and develop an action plan focusing on retention through provision of support and resources.  UCSC's CARE Program is two-part, comprised of both an individual Student Care Coordinator and a CARE Team. While the CARE Program does not provide counseling directly to students, they work very closely with Counseling and Psychological Services to get students the emotional and psychological support they need.
** Please note that the CARE Team is not available for immediate crises.

Off-Campus (Santa Cruz County) Resouces:

Walnut Avenue Women's Center (24-Hour Bilingual Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline)

(866) 2MY-ALLY ; (866) 269-2559

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: Women's Crisis Support/Defensa de Mujeres

(888) 900-4232

Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast

(877) 663-5433 or (877) ONE-LIFE

Santa Cruz County Crisis Stabilization Program (inpatient care)

(831) 600-2800

Off-Campus (National) Resources:

Trans Lifeline (Click here for their Hours of Availability)

Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people.

(877) 565-8860

** Please note, the hours listed on the Trans Lifeline website are in Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Youth Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention)

Call (866) 488-7386    Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

TrevorText (LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Counselors available to talk via text message)

Available Fridays (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT). Text the word “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

(800) 656-4673 or (800) 656-HOPE

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-7233 or (800) 799-SAFE ; (800) 787-3224 [TTY]

National Suicide Hotline – (24 Hour)

(800) 784-2433 or (800)-SUICIDE ; (800) 799-4889 [TTY]

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline//Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio

(800) 273-8255 or (800) 273-TALK ; (888) 628-9454 (Ayuda en Español)