Mental Health and Wellness

There are numerous student groups who advocate for mental health awareness, self-care and expanded services on campus and in the community. These groups include but are not limited to: National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) at UC Davis, the Mental Health Initiative (MHI)Each Aggie Matters, and Students Against Suicide who are focused on mental health advocacy and de-stigmatization. However, since mental health is an intersectional issue, there are also non-mental health centered student groups who touch on mental health such as Student Disability Services (SDS).

Where to Get Help

Mental Health Organizations

  • The Student Mental Health Coalition (SMHC) SMHC unites the mental health student groups and affiliated student organizations together to advise campus leadership, inform students, reduce stigma, allow for collaboration and promote resource transparency
  • UC Davis Mental Health Initiative (MHI) MHI houses both the UC Davis Mental Health Conference and UC Davis Mental Health Awareness Month, two major events which aim to engage students in destigmatization and education efforts, prompt attendees to organize around mental health issues, and offer them the opportunity for self-reflection and healing through mental health discourse
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. As a university chapter, we strive to create a safe space on campus and to destigmatize mental illness while promoting mental health

Substance Abuse

  • ATOD Intervention Services ATOD empowers students to make healthy and responsible choices concerning use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Aggie RISE provides students, struggling with addiction or dependency of any kind, with a support system of like-minded individuals and a safe space to discuss personal issues. The group members work toward abstinence, but welcome people in all stages of recovery

Other Resources

  • Yolo 211 - 211 Yolo is the information hub for Yolo County, linking residents to vital health and human services, information and resources in the community
  • Wellness and Life Balance - GradPathways partners with Student Health and Counseling Services to provide workshops on topics such as stress reduction, physical activity and time management
  • Counseling Services - Graduate students can meet with Dr. Bai-Yin Chen, a psychologist specializing in college mental health and graduate student concerns and issues, at Graduate Studies
  • Resources for Supporting Grad Student Well-being - The Inclusive Graduate Education Network's list of resources on mental health and wellness, imposter syndrome, and self care
  • The Imposter Syndrome - A free guide that describes imposter syndrome and strategies to overcome it