The UCLA community is actively engaged in efforts to inform and support students about issues concerning mental health and wellbeing and basic needs, including food security, access, and financial wellness. We have included information below regarding resources and organizations that are available to assist UCLA students.


UCLA’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) mission to lead and advance strategies for enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, protecting civil rights and upholding dignity for all at UCLA includes supporting our disability community. EDI’s Supporting Our Disability Community Toolkit offers a guide to campus services, resources, clubs and committees, academic programs, accessibility, ableism, disability justice, disability rights, and more, to help educate and inform the campus community about how to cultivate an inclusive, equitable, and anti-ableist culture at UCLA.


The UCLA ADA/504 Compliance Office leads and administers all aspects of compliance throughout the UCLA and UCLA Health community with federal and state disability laws, as well as University policies and procedures pertaining to protections for students and employees with disabilities.


The UCLA Basic Needs Committee is a working group comprised of alumni, staff, faculty, and students who are dedicated to addressing food and basic needs insecurity in the UCLA community. Information regarding their efforts, as well as a list of on and off campus resources, can be found on their website—this includes a comprehensive resource list for students who are experiencing food insecurity.


The Emergency Meal Program, developed by the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) in partnership with Swipe Out Hunger UCLA, was created to assist enrolled UCLA students experiencing extreme food insecurity. The emergency meal program is intended for students who do not have access to regular and nutritional meals. The emergency meal program should not be used as an alternative option to other available resources. Students eligible for financial aid should complete the FAFSA or Dream Application to assess their financial aid eligibility. Students with a meal plan are not eligible for the meal voucher program. Visit the Economic Crisis Response Team website to access the online form.


The UCLA Financial Wellness  program strives to connect students and staff to low-cost and affordable financial resources. Students and staff have access to on and off campus resources, including housing assistance. For more information, including a resource guide document, please visit their website.


It is normal to encounter stress and challenges, especially as a student. The UCLA community is encouraged to ask for help and offer help.  Here are a snapshot of resources that support and uplift Bruins and promote healing and resilience.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can support your mental health needs as you pursue your academic goals. CAPS services are designed to foster the development of healthy well-being necessary for success in a complex global environment. CAPS services include:

  • Crisis counseling available by phone 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • Emergency intervention
  • Individual counseling and psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Psychoeducational programs and workshops for students, staff and faculty
  • Campus mental health and wellness promotion

The Resilience in Your Student Experience (RISE) Center aims to uplift and support every Bruin’s well-being by providing the education, resources, and tools needed to foster health, healing, and hope for themselves and the world around them.  The RISE Center is committed to helping students build a strong foundation of resilience that includes caring for their mental wellness through daily practice.

The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge developed STAND (Screening and Treatment of Anxiety & Depression) programming leveraging technology to screen, treat, and prevent anxiety and depression. It was designed to be a full system of care that leverages digital technology to rapidly screen and initiate personalized evidence-based treatment. In direct response to help with the universal anxiety and depression associated with COVID-19 and racial injustice, UCLA recently expanded its offerings.

The STAR Program offers a check in on stress and resilience with recommended resources. It represents an adaptation of the STAND System of Care, which is made in collaboration with various campus partners including the Depression Grand Challenge, Counseling and Psychological Services, Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, RISE Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine Behavioral Health Center.

The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)’s mission is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society. Mindful awareness (mindfulness) can be defined as paying attention to present-moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. Mindfulness can be trained systematically, and it can be implemented more fully in daily life by people of any age, profession, or background. MARC offers classes, programs, trainings, and events to UCLA, the Los Angeles community, and to a wider global community through virtual and in-person learning, web resources, and our free app with guided meditations, “UCLA Mindful”.


In addition, there are a number of community, non-profit, and student organizations that address food justice, sustainability, nutrition, and accessibility at UCLA and in the surrounding community. We encourage that students explore resources and support what organizations have to offer—some organizations include: