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(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.
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.
UCSC Police Department (non-emergencies):
Call (831) 459-2231 - 24-Hour Hotline
Off-Campus (Santa Cruz County) Resouces:
Assistance for Domestic Violence and Crisis.
The Women’s Center has full-time and volunteer advocates available to support victims of domestic violence. Our advocates are trained and certified DV counselors and can meet you where you are, responding to the needs you wish to have met. We offer a safe space for women and children to talk about the challenges and barriers that impact their lives.
(866) 2MY-ALLY or (866) 269-2559 - 24-Hour Bilingual Hotline
Monarch Services' mission is to end domestic violence and sexual assault by providing intervention and prevention services in a culturally-sensitive way. Through crisis counseling, safe shelter, legal assistance and advocacy, we help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to become survivors and repair their lives.
(888) 900-4232 - 24-Hour Crisis Support
If you are a resident of Monterey, Santa Cruz, or San Benito Counties, call the 24-hour toll free, multilingual suicide crisis line. Callers will talk to someone who is compassionate, supportive, and accepting of anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or a general life crisis.
(877) 663-5433 or (877) ONE-LIFE - 24-Hour toll-free Suicide Crisis Line
Santa Cruz County Crisis Stabilization Program (inpatient care)
The Santa Cruz County Crisis Stabilization Program (CSP) is a locked crisis program. It is a safe, welcoming, recovery-focused place for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, and need a little extra support to regain stability.
(831) 600-2800 - Open 24-hour, 7 days per week
Off-Campus (National) Resources:
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
(877) 565-8860 - For their hours of availability, click here.
** Please note, the hours listed on the Trans Lifeline website are in Eastern Time (US & Canada)
LGBTQ Youth Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
Call (866) 488-7386
24-Hour Hotline, available 7 days a week
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.
RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1 (800) 656-HOPE. This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock. The hotline helped 137,039 sexual assault victims in 2005 and has helped more than 1.5 million since it began in 1994.
(800) 656-4673 or (800) 656-HOPE - 24- Hour, Free and Confidential Hotline
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline - 24- Hour, Free and Confidential Instant Messaging Service
Highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
(800) 799-7233 or (800) 799-SAFE
(800) 787-3224 [TTY]
Online live chat services are available Monday to Friday, 7AM—5PM PST.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.
(800) 273-8255 or (800) 273-TALK - 24-Hour
(888) 628-9454 (Ayuda en Español) - 24-Hour