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Residential Life Counselor

The Res Life program also provides residents access to a clinical counselor for support around emotional and mental health issues. Residents seek support from the counselor on a range of topics, including personal problems involving relationships with roommates, parents or peers, emotional or social difficulties, relationship conflicts, anxiety or depression, sexual and gender identity concerns, concerns about academic progress or direction, and other issues. It’s easy to arrange set a time to meet the counselor, Karla Castillo. Just call (415) 405-4415 and ask for an intake appointment. If it’s an emergency, call the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at (415) 338-2208 for a drop-in urgent appointment, or call University Police at (415) 338-2222 after regular weekday business hours and on weekends. Services are free, confidential and are provided in a private office in the Housing Business Office located in Mary Ward Hall.

On Campus

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CPSC)

At SF State, you also have access to brief counseling through CPSC located in the Student Services Building, Room 208. Licensed counselors are available to you for individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as mental health education. It’s easy to make an appointment. Just stop by the office or call (415) 338-2208. For urgent appointments, drop-in spots are available. For emergencies outside regular business hours and on weekends, contact University Police at (415) 338-2222. Services are free and confidential. If you have a minute, take a look at the CPSC website at It has a wealth of information that can be helpful to you for issues that might arise throughout the year.

Student Health Services (SHS)

The Student Health Services (SHS) is available to all students for health related and urgent mental health issues. The SHS provides comprehensive preventative health, primary care services and pharmacy services as well as psychiatric services and Optometry. You can browse the SHC website at

The Student Success Program (SSP)

The Student Success Program (SSP), located in the Health and Social Services Building Room 254, is available for support for students in the College of Health and Human Services. The program offers advising and counseling, drop-in services, groups, peer mentorship and support, community building and social activities, workshops and trainings, and career planning and professional development. You can reach them at (415) 405-7447 and find them online at

Active Minds

Active Minds at S.F. State is a part of a nationally recognized organization, Active Minds, Inc., that exists as a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization on the college campus. The group is designed to utilize peer outreach to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues and symptoms of mental disorders, provide information about available resources, encourage students to seek help as soon as help is needed, and to serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. By promoting awareness and education, the group aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental disorders and create and open environment for discussion of mental health issues. The organization targets the entire college community through large-scale educational campaigns and events such as panel discussions, movie screenings, and benefit runs.

Active Minds holds several events throughout the year. The organization participate in Mental Health Awareness Week in the fall, during which students can take free depression screening, check themselves for alcohol or substance abuse, and/or see if they are in a healthy relationship. In the spring Active Minds participates in Love Your Body Week to raise awareness about body image and eating disorders. Active Minds also attends Health Fairs at the Student Health Center, hosts brown bag presentations about various mental health disorders, and helps out with other events, including fundraisers.

Check out the Active Minds website at

Pride at SF State

Pride at SF State is a committee of faculty, staff and students that is committed to making SF State a safe and welcoming community for people of all sexualities and gender identities. The focus for Pride at SF State is event planning, development of a safe zone program for the university, and working on policy changes on campus. Check out the Pride website at And get involved!

Off Campus

Community Psychiatry

Community Psychiatry is a group of private practice psychiatry offices throughout Northern California. Community Psychiatry has relationships with psychiatrists, therapists, and other mental health professionals who accept a range of health insurance plans. All it takes is a call to Community Psychiatry to get linked to a professional on your insurance plan for an evaluation and treatment recommendation. Their link online is at:

Half of Us

Half of Us, found at, is a website devoted to raising awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campuses and to connecting students to the appropriate resources to get help. Video stories of people who have struggled and overcome mental health issues are available for viewing, as well as information about mental illness and resources for support.

Student Spill

Student Spill is an anonymous peer-to-peer support system online for college students. Students can vent confidentially about whatever problems they’re going through and get support, feedback, and resources from other students on campus who have dealt with that particular problem. Check out the Student Spill website at

The JED Foundation

The JED Foundation is a national foundation working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college and university students. The organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health, and research to produce and advance initiatives that decrease the stigma surrounding emotional disorders and increase help-seeking among college students. The organization also works to increase understanding about the prevalence of and the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and other emotional disorders. The JED Foundation’s informative website for students and parents can be found at:

Last Updated: Rick Nizzardini – October, 2011

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