As parents and family members, it can be challenging to know how to help your student when they tell you that they’ve been struggling at UCLA. Common emotional and mental health concerns among college students include anxiety, depression, loneliness, mood swings, self-identity concerns, disordered eating, substance use, and suicidal thoughts. We encourage you to empathically listen to your student, be curious without judgment or offering quick solutions, explore what they think might help them improve their situation, and discuss the option to seek counseling for further help as needed.
If you are concerned about your student, call CAPS to consult with a Clinical Coordinator, 310-825-0768, or peruse the FAQs below to help guide you on your next steps.
There are many on-campus resources to address different needs. Here are a few resources that may help guide you in helping your student.