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Mental Health and Wellness


Online behavioral health and wellness resources addressing salient issues to the college community such as depression, stress, anxiety, resilience, imposter syndrome, and substance use. This service is free to UC Merced students and can be either downloaded to a mobile device from Google Play or Apple App store (signup with UCM email) or accessed at (select sign in with institution).

  • Protocol: After Hours Crisis line will remain available regardless of CAPS and/or community closure.
  • Crisis Text Support: Text “START” to 741-741 for free, text support.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Phone support at 1 800 273-8255, Chat support also available at

Calm App

Individual and community well-being is essential as we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on our professional and personal lives.In the pursuit of helping all members of the campus community maintain positive self care, UC Merced has purchased a license that will allows every student, staff, and faculty member to enjoy a free subscription to Calm, the #1 sleep and meditation app. We invite you to explore the Calm features as a resource to practice mindfulness to reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep and focus, and enhance academic and workplace productivity and performance. Click here to get started.

Live Health

Students who have UC SHIP can access Live Health services, which has the option for behavioral health therapy via online services with providers not affiliated with UC Merced. The service allows for a variety of options with regards to appointment and provider availability. There is a $15 fee for students enrolled with UC SHIP. Please contact UC SHIP for further information or visit and click on the “Live Health Online” link.

*Students who are not enrolled in UC SHIP can still access Live Health services for a fee of $95 per session.


Additional Information

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Community Behavioral Health 

Students can access community behavioral health providers by contacting the Behavioral Health Services phone number on the back of their insurance card. There is typically a fee associated with this service, so please check with your insurance carrier to receive a list of covered providers. For more information please visit and click on the “Off-Campus Provider” link.