For Life Threatening Emergencies:
Or go to your nearest Emergency Room
For other crisis needs 24/7:
- Call UCI Counseling Center at (949) 824-6457
♦ Or 1-866-817-9842
♦ Text “Home” to 741741
- Call or text 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8
- Call UCI Campus Police at
Become a Peer Educator
All UC Irvine undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply for the Peer Educator Program.
Applications for the 2023-2024 year are now available. Application deadline is April 17th, 2023 at 4pm Pacific time. Please fill out the application and make sure to turn it electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be held on May 6th, 2023.
While not all inclusive, the following provides a general overview of training topics typically addressed:
- Primary Prevention in Mental Health Services
- Consultation and Outreach Skills
- Team Development and Leadership
- Experiential Learning
- Teaching and Presentation Skills
- Workshop/Curriculum Development
- Stigma Reduction and Suicide Prevention
- Multiculturalism and Mental Health Services
- College Student Development
- Specific Mental Health/Psychoeducational Training in Stress Management, Depression, Intimate Relationships, and Mediation Skills
Peers receive 3 units/quarter of 198 Group Study on a pass/no pass basis. Winter and Spring Quarters are also approved for Social Ecology 195, Field Study.
While involved in this program you will provide direct service to students through workshops. You will be supervised by a licensed therapist from the Counseling Center. Because graduate schools tend to value practical experience, the Peer Educator program can be a helpful addition to your transcripts and resume.
INCREASE YOUR SKILLS
You will learn what your strengths and weaknesses are in dealing with mental health education and prevention. You will also learn how to design and deliver workshops, refer students for counseling, and receive training on: communication skills, bystander training, and suicide prevention.
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OTHERS
With your new and/or increased skills you will be able to assist others in understanding mental health, managing their stress, and enhancing their self-esteem.
TRAINING FROM PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS
Peer Educators are trained by experienced and recognized professionals within their field of expertise.
Questions about applying to the Peer Educator Program can be addressed to Saimir Thano, Ph.D. Instructor/Coordinator at email@example.com.
Weathering the Weather
It is getting closer to the holiday break and the end is in sight! Soon we will be with family and friends and getting some much-needed relaxation after the start to the quarter! Phew!
While this time can be something to look forward to, it is important to still be aware of caring for your mental health. Here are some things to consider as we reach the end of the year!
Summer is a great time to reflect on all the things you have done and learned along the way, and to also consider what areas you would like to grow into as you transition into the next academic year.
Take time to reflect, and perhaps even journal out your thoughts:
How to Improve Relationship with Food
Are you struggling with your relationship with food? In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week that occurs Feb. 21st- Feb. 27th here are 7 tips that will help you improve your relationship with food:
1. Be aware that there are NO “good” foods and “bad” foods. All foods provide nutrition and sustenance to the body and our bodies need protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and even sugar and fat to survive. All foods are good if you eat a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients that you need in moderation….