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In light of recent events:

Counseling and Psychological Services at UC Merced extend our hearts to those who have been impacted by the recent tragic events in Texas and New York. We recognize the world, on a daily basis may feel increasingly unsafe and that these tragic circumstances can evoke a variety of thoughts, feelings, and reactions. During these times, please know you are not alone.

CAPS staff is here to support you. If you would like to speak with a mental health professional, please contact us at (209) 228-4266.

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The Black Girl Doctor Fireside Chat

It’s okay to not be okay: Normalizing Black mental health conversations
The past few years have brought an incredible amount of distress that has significantly impacted everyone’s mental health. However, in a world that often stigmatizes mental health concerns and invalidates Black experiences, addressing Black mental health can feel like an isolated journey. But we all going through it! Join AFRO/BSC, UC Merced CAPS, and The Black Girl Doctor for a discussion with Black psychologists who are committed to holding up our community. They will engage in an honest conversation about mental health in Black communities and how we can support each other.

Event Length: 60 minutes

Event Date:  January 25th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Granite Pass Hall Room 135, University of California, Merced. Merced, California. 

Click here to register.

Half Moon Bay Outreach and Support

Counseling and Psychological Services acknowledges the collective pain we are experiencing following the murders in Half Moon Bay, Monterey Park and the killing of Tyre Nichols. To our campus community, please know that CAPS cares for you. Our team is prepared to support you through these incredibly difficult times of grief.

In conjunction with Social Justice Initiatives and Identity, there will be a coming together for community support on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, from 4:00-5:00 in Granite Pass 101 to provide space for those impacted by the murder of Tyre Nichols. In addition, we will hold space on Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 4:00-5:00 in KL 169 for collective support and conversation regarding the impact these traumatic events have had on our community


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to support the emotional well-being of UC Merced scholars. To speak with a mental health provider, please contact CAPS at (209) 228-4266, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

After business hours, you may speak with a mental health counselor by calling ProtoCall Crisis Services at (209) 228-4266 and pressing option #1. In addition, ProtoCall will be providing an additional option of connecting callers to the Experian line for further assistance with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

LiveHealth: Students enrolled with UCSHIP can access tele-behavioral health services through LiveHealth Online. For more information please visit: . Email may be sent to: or contact them toll free at 1-855-603-7985.

If you are an alum and/or scholar who is interested in accessing community mental health services and need assistance navigating your insurance coverage, please contact UC Merced Student Health Center Insurance Coordinators at:

Email:, Phone: 209-228-2273 (option 4). Please leave a voicemail when calling, calls will be returned within 24 business hours.

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W. GARY CANNON Psychological Service Center Resources

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News and Updates

March 23, 2021
Announcing the appointment of Dr. Tania Gonzalez as the new CAPS Director.
February 3, 2021

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has made a number of innovations to our services for this new transition of COVID-19 impact. We are hopeful that these changes will allow us to serve...

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