Health and mental health services available to students
March 16, 2020 |
During the week of March 16, 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 211SanDiego.org.
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 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.
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
- 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.