Health and mental health services available to students

March 16, 2020 | San Diego Community College District

All campuses in the San Diego Community College District will be closed to students in  response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These closures have resulted in limited resources to students including access to on-campus health clinics. Here are some health care options that are available.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. If you are having a mental health emergency, call the Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240 or TEXT "Courage" to 741-741. If you are in need of food, shelter, or medical services call 2-1-1 or visit

Urgent walk-in services
throughout San Diego County

Low-cost counseling

City College

Currently, students can call the Student Health Center at City College with health questions or to get referrals by phone, during the following hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

Student Health Clinic: 619-388-3450

Mental Health Counseling Center: 619-388-3055


Mesa College

Mesa Student Health Services will take student calls only (campus is currently closed to students) for health questions of to get referrals, 619-388-2774.

As of Monday, March 16: Student Health Call Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. 


Miramar College

Student Health Services is taking calls from students for health questions or to get referrals, 619-388-7881.

Health center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.


*Times for the college call centers are subject to change. 


How to Cope With Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty are normal during a pandemic. Fortunately, being proactive about your mental health can help to keep both your mind and body stronger.

Ways to take care of yourself:

- Read the news only from reliable sources
- Use two reliable sources (the CDC or WHO) and check only those
- Have a designated time to check and stick to that (e.g. once in the morning, once when you get home … NOT before bed!)

Recognize the things you can control, like practicing good hygiene.

Take recommended measures emanating only from the CDC or WHO

Practice self-care

- Eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and engaging in leisure activities are always key to helping you stay as physically and psychologically healthy as possible during stressful times.

- Good self-care also keeps your immune system robust.

- Use APPS for relaxation and mindfulness/meditation practices. You don’t have to know how … these are for beginners and experts! Here are a few to try for free … UCLA Mindful, Smiling Mind, Insight Timer

Avoid Social Media—it is inflammatory and difficult to discern what is accurate and what is hype. You may be triggered … so just leave it alone for the time being!

Don’t isolate yourself! If you want to practice social distancing, please have a plan for staying in touch with family and friends via Skype, Face Time, WhatsApp or cell phone. Isolation can cause rumination/anxious thinking to escalate.

Maintain a sense of hope, humanity and kindness toward others.

Seek professional help from a licensed mental health professional if necessary (via personal insurance, or via community clinics if uninsured. For more urgent mental health concerns please use the Access/Crisis line 888-724-7240; 24/7 or Text "courage" to 741-741; or go to the nearest emergency room.

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