~Message to Our Community~
Current events, within our Penn community and beyond, continue to change and impact our daily lives and our mental health. These current events include the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, political discourse, financial concerns, and various forms of discrimination. We condemn oppression in every form and recognize the harmful and traumatic impact it has on the mental health of our students and the rest of our Penn community. CAPS is committed to creating an environment based on our values of multicultural, multi-disciplinary and inclusive practices focused on providing care to our diverse student body. Call CAPS if you need support, do not wait.
~We Are Available 24/7~
Wherever you are, simply dial 215-898-7021 and press 1 to talk to a clinician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
OFFICE HOURS (IN OFFICE/IN PERSON):
Monday to Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
CAPS has a small in person presence to address your needs. Have your PennID number ready to make an appointment. Please call ahead at: 215-898-7021 (press 2) if you wish to be evaluated for an in-person appointment.
OFFICE HOURS (VIRTUAL/REMOTE):
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call: 215-898-7021 (press 2).
Monday to Wednesday: 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Thursday & Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Wellness at Penn has partnered with Wellnest to offer all students, faculty and staff free access to their gamified mindfullness app, which features the following:
- Guided Content: Wellnest’s content library offers relevant and niche topics to help you with social isolation, productivity, happiness, spirituality, and more.
- Voice Journaling: Wellnest offers speech-to-text technology, improving the speed and quality of your journal entries. (You can also type too!)
- Game Design: Earn Wellnest Gold for journaling, and spend it in the shop to customize your new journal!
~We Are Here For You~
We acknowledge and condemn the increasing hate and violence directed toward Asians and Asian Americans. We are saddened for those who have been harmed and targeted, including the women of Asian descent involved in the shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. This violence is taking place during a time when Asians and Asian Americans are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These experiences may feel traumatic, and increase feelings of anger, sadness, fear, and grief, thus significantly impacting the mental health of our communities of Asian descent. We affirm your presence, stand with you, and we are here to support you.
We also recognize that the recent gun violence in Boulder, Colorado can cause a great deal of distress and affect your sense of safety and well-being. You may be wondering how these events could occur and feel a variety of different emotions including shock, numbness, and fear. We encourage you to engage in self-care, share your feelings, & take breaks from the news/social media. CAPS is here for you.
- Asian Mental Health Collective
- Chinese Immigrant Family Wellness Initiative
- Managing Distress After A Shooting
~International Student Concerns~
If you are currently abroad and are unable to call CAPS for non-urgent concerns or to schedule an appointment, please email CAPS at: email@example.com.
CAPS offers remote services via telephone or video conference through the BlueJeans platform. Please check your technology settings in advance of your scheduled appointment to insure a smooth connection. Please advise us if you will experience challenges connecting through the BlueJeans platform.
Students can test their BlueJeans accessibility at: https://bluejeans.com/111/ .
~Staying Healthy is Our Priority~
The most up to date information on University operations and guidance can be found here: https://coronavirus.upenn.edu.
To continue to keep yourself healthy and well, follow these tips:
1. Wear a facial covering at all times when you leave your residence.
2. Please remember to maintain (6 feet) physical distance from others whenever possible.
3. Stay home if you are feeling unwell. If you are not feeling better after 24 hours, seek medical guidance.
4. Use good hand hygiene: Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
5. Limit the spread of germs and illness: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow. Avoid sharing food, drinks, utensils, cups, vapes/JUULs, etc.
6. Seek support: If you are experiencing emotional distress due to health concerns seek remote support from campus resources such as CAPS and from your loved ones.
Please visit the Campus Health Disease Updates page for more details on coronaviruses.
~Coping With COVID-19~
- Learn more on our page, Your Mental Health and COVID
- Aetna Student Health has waived copays for telemedicine for medical and behavioral health, and inpatient COVID admissions, through January 31, 2021. For additional information go to: https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/psipinsurance/.
- Learn more about our support for parents/guardians related to COVID-19:
Let’s Talk is available through virtual services (call 215-898-7021, press option 2, and let the front desk know that you would like to connect with a Let’s Talk counselor). If you have an urgent matter, please call CAPS at 215-898-7021.