What is Mental Health?

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which people realize their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and are able to make a contribution to their community. At CCSF Student Health Services our mission is to support students in their academic journey. One way of providing this support is through personal counseling.

What is Personal Counseling?

Personal counseling is a process of self-discovery and growth. It can help students increase self-confidence, improve relationships, solve problems, achieve educational goals, and make good decisions for emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being. Most people, at one time or another, can benefit from various forms of counseling.

Resources For
  • Mental Health Emergency Toolkit: offers a mental health toolkit with resources compiled to assist current DACA grantees during this time, including mindfulness breathing and tips for self-care; they have also compiled a list of mental health resources, including suicide prevention and mental health services.
  • Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit For People of Color
  • Things I’ll Never Say:  “Things I’ll Never Say” is a platform for undocumented young people across the country to create our own immigration narratives by boldly sharing our personal experiences through various forms of creative expression.
  • The Jed Foundation - provides programs, important facts, and information about depression in order to strengthen the mental health safety net for college students.
  • San Francisco Suicide Prevention - provides telephone intervention to people experiencing suicidal crisis as well as general counseling services 24 hours a day.

Harm reduction is a method for managing the harm caused by the use of drugs and alcohol. Unlike 12 Step and other abstinence based programs, clients are not mandated to stop all substance use, unless that is their goal. The therapist helps the client to lay out the harm being done to themselves and to others and then the client, in individual or group therapy, works to reduce the harm that is being done, establishing goals and implementing gradual, realistic steps to achieve them.