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About Student Wellbeing

Student wellbeing is integral to academic success, student development, and life satisfaction. We, in Student Affairs, are committed to building relationships with our students such that together we generate optimal conditions for their wellbeing.

How We Approach Wellbeing


One way in which UCSB approaches wellbeing on campus is through the Socio-Ecological Model where look at wellbeing through 4 levels:

  • Individual Efforts like educating yourself on relevant health topics
  • Interpersonal Relationships that provide social support 
  • Community Resources that provide the settings that promote wellbeing
  • Social Level Systems such as policies that improve health equity

Check out the short video to the right for more detailed information!

Important Announcements

Mental Health Support with Lyra

UC SHIP will no longer cover services with Lyra Health as of August 1, 2024.

You are able to continue care with your current Lyra provider until the contract expires on July 31, 2024. Any care beyond this date WILL REQUIRE AN ACTIVE UC SHIP REFERRAL to a provider who accepts UC SHIP.  

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PLEASE NOTE: Most practitioners accept more than one type of insurance. If you wish to continue with your current provider, you can ask if they accept UC SHIP insurance. If so, you can have CAPS create a new SHIP referral so that you can continue working with your provider (contact CAPS at CAPSReferrals@sa.ucsb.edu for assistance). Your provider will need to begin billing SHIP insurance starting from August 1, 2024 using your SHIP referral information.

If your provider does not accept UC SHIP insurance and you wish to begin treatment with a new provider, CAPS can provide alternate mental health treatment options outside of Lyra and generate a UC SHIP insurance referral. 

We realize this can be a difficult process to navigate and CAPS is happy to assist you. Please contact CAPS if you'd like assistance finding a new provider and/or need a SHIP referral before July 31, 2024 or at any time. Your mental health is important, and we will work with you to ensure you receive the treatment you need moving forward.

  • Reach out to UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to access care on-campus or to be referred to an off-campus Anthem provider.
  • Visit the Anthem website to conduct a provider search or contact Anthem Member Services via (866) 940-8306 for additional support once a referral is received from UCSB CAPS.

Other Service Options

For information on UWill online talk therapy click here


For information on LiveHealth online psychiatry and talk therapy, click here


For general information on Talk Therapy Options at UC Santa Barbara, including Online Talk Therapy, please visit:

UC Santa Barbara Talk Therapy Options

Silver LBTQ+ Heathcare Equality Medal

Congratulations to Student Health Service for earning the HRC High Performer Award!

Student Health Service has been recognized as a High Performer in The Human Rights Campaign’s 2024 Healthcare Equality Index! Healthcare is for everyone and despite attacks on healthcare policies, they are proud to continue providing the right care to our LGBTQ+ patients. More legislative barriers exist for LGBTQ+ people seeking healthcare than ever before.  Student Health Service is dedicated to improve quality experiences for all staff and patients, including LGBTQ+ patients.

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Free Narcan & Opioid/Fentanyl Safety Information

Be safe and smart when it comes to Fentanyl awareness to prevent a possibly fatal opioid overdose. See the following page for more details: Narcan Information


Urgent Needs

UC Police Department (UCPD)

911 or (805) 893-3446
Danger to self or others

After Hours Counseling

(805) 893-4411
Press 2 to speak with a counselor 

Bias or Hate Incident Response

UCSB Incident Report Form

Financial Crisis Response Team

Eviction, financial emergency or urgent food-related issue

Interpersonal Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault Advocacy

(805) 893-4613

Undocumented Student Services

(805) 893-5609
Students or immediate family members are detained or at risk of deportation


Wellbeing Podcast

Welcome to the wellbeing podcast! Students thrive when they learn, live and achieve in an environment where they feel a sense of belonging, connectedness, and personal impact. This podcast is by students for students, to offer biweekly advice from a broad range of topics including: positive psychology, meditation, sleep, nutrition, sexual health, stress reduction, body image, and more. We love to talk to departments on campus related to wellbeing. If you’re interested in being on the podcast reach out sa-wellbeing@ucsb.edu. Listen to our episodes on Spotify or watch the full video episode on our Youtube channel! 

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For inquiries about this website,
please contact:

Jason Stone, M.S.

Health Communication & Media Campaigns Manager

Email: jason.stone@sa.ucsb.edu

Phone: 805-893-4347