Mental Health Resources


Getting Help Fast in a Crisis | Defining Mental Health and Recognizing Problems | Mental Health Resources at the Dugoni School | Meditation and Mindfulness | Community Resources


Getting Help Fast in a Crisis

Crisis Hotline and University of the Pacific's psych emergency number
415.780.2100 x 1

Emergency
911
Free and confidential

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1.800.273.8255
Free and confidential
Available 24 hours everyday


Getting Help Fast in a Crisis | Defining Mental Health and Recognizing Problems | Mental Health Resources at the Dugoni School | Meditation and Mindfulness | Community Resources


Defining Mental Health and Recognizing Problems

Mental health as defined by the World Health Organization is “a state of well-being in which every individual...can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” It isn’t merely the absence of a debilitating disease or condition, but as Merriam-Webster defines it, a state of mental health includes “feeling comfortable about oneself, positive feelings about others, and the ability to meet the demands of daily life.”

Signs of Depression

Depression is an emotional disorder consisting of persistent feelings of sadness, which can cause trouble with normal daily activities and impact motivation. It can vary in frequency and persistence, but it has a serious effect on those who have it, and is not merely part of the normal processes of maturation and aging. More than just “feeling sad”, depression can manifest as anger, anxiety, lethargy, apathy, insomnia, hopelessness, emptiness and general tiredness. Many people who are depressed get reduced pleasure from once enjoyable tasks and activities, and indulge in risky or abusive behaviors to escape from the cycle. Depression often occurs in tandem with other conditions, so it’s important to not overlook the mental as well as physical symptoms. It can be hard to self-diagnose depression, so it’s important to talk to trusted friends, mentors, or family members whenever you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or overstressed, or start questioning if life is worth living.

Signs of an Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders are different from the normal anxiety most people feel from time to time. They can cause restrictions to normal life activities, be hard to control and last a long time. The anxiety can be quite out of of proportion to the actual risks the person is exposed to. Anxiety symptoms include persistent and excessive worry about everyday tasks or situations. It can cause trembling, sweating, hyperventilation, increased heart rate, stomach problems and feelings of doom or tiredness. Anxiety can disrupt sleep and even cause people to restructure their lives to avoid any possible stimuli that may trigger their anxiety.

When to get help

If you are having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please call 1.800.273.8255 or 911.

The first step is to have someone to talk to. Self-reflection and conversation with others are part of a healthy life and it’s important to be have a close friend or loved one to talk with. If you don’t have someone you are able to confide in, most communities have local support groups that can lend you an ear. There is no shame in needing someone to talk to.

If you are concerned you have depression or notice a major change for the worse in your daily pattern because of your thoughts or feelings, please see your doctor. They can help you diagnose if you have depression or anxiety, or if it’s a symptom of a larger condition, and can assist you in getting help in treating your depression.


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Mental Health Resources at the Dugoni School

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is now offering services on the San Francisco Campus. Dr. Craig has a wealth of experience providing therapy to students with the many concerns that can impact your transition to, or success in, school. Students are often seen for anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues, substance abuse, and more. 

The therapy office is located at Wellness Center Room 513, Dr. Craig is on campus Mondays, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm. During the summer months, these hours may change. Click here for more information.

Dugoni Peer Support Program (PSP)

The Peer Support Program enables students to help their colleagues during the very demanding and stressful time in dental school. Each volunteer undergoes multiple training sessions before being qualified as a supporter. Students can contact program members for help and be assured that their interaction will be confidential unless necessitated by medical/legal reasons.


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Meditation and Mindfulness

How Meditation Impacts the Brain and Implications for Your Health (YouTube)
How does mindfulness and meditation improve health? Helen Weng, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, explains that training our internal mental lives can have positive effects on our minds, health, and relationships.

Benefits of Meditation
  • Reduces stress. Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation
  • Controls anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety
  • Promotes emotional health
  • Enhances self-awareness
  • Lengthens attention span
  • May reduce age-related memory loss
  • Can generate kindness
  • May help fight addictions
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps control pain
  • Can decrease blood pressure
Meditation Room

Located on the fifth floor in the corner by the Student Wellness Center, this calming space is intended to serve as a quiet oasis in a building that buzzes with activity. The meditation room in open during regular building hours and is a space intended for reflection, prayer, meditation, or simple relaxation. (Please do not use the meditation room for naps.)

Taking Mental Health Awareness with You

Relaxation and Breathing Exercises (website)
Audio clips and handouts from University of the Pacific's Counseling and Psychological Services.

Audio Dharma (website)
This website provides free talks about meditation, depression, and anxiety. There are many talks that you can listen to, including guided meditation. These sessions are put on by the InSight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center Free Guided Meditations (website)

UCSF (uaudio file)
A "body scan" guided relaxation exercise, led by Rev. Dr. Michele Shields of UCSF's Spiritual Care Services.

Phone Apps

The following apps provide guided meditations that you can do on your own.

  • Calm
  • HeadSpace
  • The Mindfulness App


Getting Help Fast in a Crisis | Defining Mental Health and Recognizing Problems | Mental Health Resources at the Dugoni School | Meditation and Mindfulness | Community Resources


Community Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1.800.273.8255
Free and Confidential
Available 24 hours everyday

Depression Support Groups 
Depression Resources in SF