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CSULB Mental Health Services

CSULB offers temporary counseling for its students who are struggling with issues such as family and social relationships, romantic relationships, life transitions, sexuality, grief, stress, sexual assault, anxiety, loss of motivation, or depression through the office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). If you have any of these concerns or would like general professional assistance, you can visit CAPS or call for an intake appointment. There are also a variety of support groups available to students that are listed below. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911.

CSULB Important Contacts

Office Phone Contact Hours
Counseling and Psychological Services 562.985.4001 Mon.–Fri., 8 am–5 pm
24-hour access to a counselor by phone
Student Health Center 562.985.4771 Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri., 8 am–5 pm
Wed., 9 am–5 pm
Closed weekends and campus holidays
University Police 562.985.4101 24 Hours/Day, 7 Days/Week
Call 911
Women and Gender Equity Center 562.985.8576

Mon.–Fri., 9 am–5 pm
After 5 PM contact: YWCA GLA Sexual Assault Crisis Services 24 Hour Crisis Hotli


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS staffCounseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps students meet the personal challenges associated with identifying and accomplishing academic, career, and life goals. Services include short-term counseling for individuals, group counseling, career development counseling, referral services, psychoeducational workshops, and crisis intervention. Counseling is provided by mental health professionals and by advanced doctoral psychology interns under the supervision of licensed psychologists. CAPS welcomes students of all backgrounds, value systems, and lifestyles. Basic CAPS services are provided at no charge to registered undergraduate and graduate students only, for the semester in which they are interested in seeking our services. There is a limit to the number of individual counseling sessions for any student in any given year.

Office: CSULB Brotman Hall, Room 226
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8 am–5 pm
Phone: 562.985.4001 (24-Hour access to a counselor by phone)

CAPS Self-Care

CSULB Community Clinic

The CSULB Community Clinic for Counseling and Education Services (formerly Educational Psychology Clinic) has been the setting for affordable counseling, academic intervention, and psychoeducational assessment services for over 40 years. Individual, couple, family counseling, and psycho-ed assessment for children and adolescents is available for only $7.50 a session. The Community Clinic serves two primary functions for the community:

  1. It provides comprehensive educational and psychological services for members of the community at a low cost.
  2. It is a training site for the School Psychology, Marriage, Family Therapists (MFT), and Mathematics Education master’s degree programs at CSU Long Beach.

Office: ED2-155
Phone: 562.985.4991

Project Ocean

Project Ocean CSULBProject OCEAN's (On-Campus Emergency Assistance Network) mission is to educate the campus on suicide prevention and promote a climate that reduces the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness and encourages students to seek help when needed. It is a peer education program in the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department within the Division of Student Affairs to support the CSULB campus by providing resources and increasing knowledge of issues related to mental health through trainings, workshops, campus events, and peer-to-peer programs.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Project OCEAN provides QPR Sessions (Question, Persuade, and Refer) throughout the semester to equip students with information about the different warning signs, resources, and ways to support those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. QPR is a training on how to identify  symptoms/ warning signs of someone who may be at risk for suicide and how to refer the student to seek help. After attending the training, you will be QPR certified for 3 years as a Gatekeeper. Aside from being able to provide great and effective support, being QPR certified will also look great on your resume because it is nationally recognized.

RSVP for one of these trainings.

USU Beach Balance

The USU Beach Balance program is here to provide the CSULB community with health and wellness services to enhance the quality of life through mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. The USU Beach Balance facility located in the University Student Union room 309, is a recent expansion of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center’s Beach Balance program. Both areas aim to promote personal well-being, from a holistic approach, by empowering members of the CSULB community to make healthy lifestyle choices. Programs and services are offered to help the community improve their interpersonal development, decrease stress levels, and gain knowledge from a variety of formats. Current daily USU Beach Balance programs include Meditation Mondays, Spa Water Tuesdays, Well-Rested Wednesdays, Art Therapy Thursdays, and Foam Rolling Fridays. Services offered in the USU include chair massage, blood pressure testing, pulse oximetry, biofeedback, body weight scale, blood pressure monitoring and BMI/body fat testing. Beach Balance is constantly expanding and creating new special events such as the Mission for Nutrition, Food for Thought, DIY Wellness Hour, Dog Therapy, and Aromatherapy. Special events and services are provided in both Union and Rec Center locations. Stay connected through the Beach Sync portal for more information on current events and services.

Recreation Center


Women's & Gender Equity Center

The Women's & Gender Equity Center is a safe, comfortable, supportive and inclusive environment that offers services, support, and resources for students. The center provides a Sexual Assault Victim's Advocate located at the Student Health Center, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 am–5 pm, Wednesdays, 9 am–5 pm. For Sexual Assault Crisis Services after 5 pm, call YWCA-GLA 24-hour Crisis Hotline (877) 943-5778. The Center is located in the Student Success Center, Suite 240.

CSULB Basic Needs Program

In March 2015, CSULB implemented an innovative campus wide program with targeted services to address housing and food insecurity on our campus. These efforts are in support of the CSU Chancellor's Office Basic Needs Initiative.

The CSULB Basic Needs Program is comprised of the following programs:

  • ASI Beach Pantry
    • The pantry has perishable and non-perishable food items, toiletries, and school supplies available to all CSULB students.
  • CalFresh Outreach Program
    • CalFresh is California's name for the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CalFresh benefits are funds on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which can be used to buy food. The CalFresh Outreach Program at CSULB provides application and verification assistance to students who meet CalFresh eligibility requirements. Assistance can be found during drop-in hours or through an appointment.
  • Student Emergency Intervention and Wellness Program
    • This program serves students experiencing an unforeseen emergency crisis situation who have exhausted all sources of assistance including financial aid grants and loans. The services include an emergency grant up to $500, emergency meal assistance, and short-term emergency housing.
  • Beach Bites
    • Beach Bites is a mobile food app that is available for CSULB students who are iOS or Android users. The app alerts students to available food from on-campus catered events and meetings. Download the app here:

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Active Minds (Student Organization)

Active MindsActive Minds was awarded to CSULB in 2016 as the school was recognized as one of the healthiest college campuses nationwide. Active Minds is the national's premier nonprofit organization aiming to open up the conversation about mental health through education and empowerment. The CSULB Active Minds general meetings educate students about mental health illnesses, provide an open space for those to talk about their experiences, as well as provide support/resources to those that need it. The organization is dedicated to saving lives and to building stronger families and communities. Through education, research, advocacy, and a focus on students and young adults ages 14–25, Active Minds is opening up the conversation about mental health and creating lasting change in the way mental health is talked about, cared for, and valued in the United States. You can learn more about CSULB Active Minds and their activities through the email and social media links below.


CSULB Active Minds BeachSync

Drop-In Groups for CSULB Students

Organization Time/Location More Information
Latinas @ the Beach: A Space to Connect with Other Latinas Thursdays 2 pm–3pm
University Student Union (Room 306)

Contact: Rosa Moreno-Alcaraz

Download Brochure (PDF)

Rainbow Cafe: An Inclusive Space in Support of Sexual and Gender Diversity Mondays 3:30 pm–5 pm
Multicultural Center (F03, Room 2)

Contact: Lauren Jensen

Download Brochure (PDF)

SisterFriends: Networking Group for Black Women Thursdays 1 pm–2:30 pm
Women's Gender and Equity Center (WGEC, LA1 Room 102)

Contact: Pamela Ashe & Ashley Bradley

Download Brochure (PDF)