~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.


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.


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

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.

~How Can We Support You?~

Coping with Sociopolitical Stress

CAPS acknowledges the emotional and psychological impact of the violence that took place at the United States Capitol. Watching the news coverage can be extremely upsetting and can have direct or indirect impact on our well-being, leading to a range of emotional reactions. You may be feeling sadness, frustration, fear, hopelessness, anger, or numbness. 

These unfolding events can cause stress and anxiety about the sociopolitical environment and the future. Let us continue to take care of ourselves and each other as this country works toward healing.

We encourage you to:

  • Seek support from CAPS, campus resources and loved ones.
  • Acknowledge your emotional reactions and explore resources for coping.
  • Engage in self-care practices (e.g., mindfulness exercises, cultivating self-compassion, journaling, and getting involved in your community).

Additional Resources:

~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: caps@pobox.upenn.edu.

~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~

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