Dear UC Berkeley students,
As we move into the final stretch of the semester, we encourage you to take this opportunity to reflect on your personal well-being and what you may be experiencing as you try to complete papers and projects and prepare for exams. Each of you came to Cal with many strengths, including your ability to connect to others and resources, your problem solving skills, and your motivation to succeed. With the rigorous academic workload and difficulties taking care of multiple and competing demands, it can be challenging and overwhelming to be a UC Berkeley student. These academic pressures are often compounded by financial pressures and family concerns, especially for students who are the first in their family to pursue a higher degree of education. For graduate students, qualifying exams, dissertation deadlines, and the balancing act of being a GSI can also present unique stressors.
Be Proactive about Managing Stress: Please take the time to reflect on your well-being and the well-being of those around you. Although academic performance is often the focus, it is important to pay attention to your stress level and to prioritize your stress management. Talking to friends, exercising, and taking breaks can be helpful. For a free, anonymous mental health screening, please visit http://uhs.berkeley.edu/onlinescreenings/.
For more information about stress and how to manage it, I encourage you to explore the Be Well to Do Well website: http://uhs.berkeley.edu/bewell/.
Seek Help: Getting help is a sign of strength and resiliency. If stress is interfering with your life (socially or academically) or if you find yourself depressed or anxious for weeks or months at a time, we strongly encourage you to talk to a professional mental health counselor. It can make a positive difference to talk to someone who is objective and trained in working with stress issues. Campus counselors at University Health Services at the Tang Center are available by appointment and on a drop-in basis for urgent concern, and at a variety of satellite locations for students who may feel more comfortable being seen outside of the Tang Center. For more information about Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), visit http://uhs.berkeley.edu/students/counseling/ or call Counseling and Psychological Services at (510)642-9494—After Hours contact: (510) 643-7197 to seek help.
We wish all of you the best during this home stretch of the semester and hope you will take advantage of the resources available to you to complete the semester successfully and healthfully.
Executive Director, University Health Services
Harry Le Grande, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs