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Personal Support / Wellbeing

Starting college is a new experience for every student, regardless of your high school GPA, test scores, or preparation.  Most college students across the U.S. report that it is a challenge to balance all their responsibilities.  Paying attention to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing can be difficult when you have papers to write, lab experiments to complete, and research articles to read.

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to their community”.

Positive mental health is important to your success at UC Merced and can lead to improved physical health and lifelong wellbeing.  UC Merced students have a variety of free resources to help cope with the demands of college:


Basic Needs Security

Bobcat Pantry


Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 

CAPS groups 

CAPS mental health handouts (test anxiety, coping with stress, self-care, coping with depression)

CAPS self-help apps  

CAPS TAO Connect (online modules related to wellbeing)

CAPS WellTrack (desktop & mobile app)

Dean of Students  

English Language Institute (for native and non-native English speakers; offers grammar workshops, individual appointments, & more)

English Language Institute English resources (speaking, pronunciation, academic writing in college, reading scientific papers, etc.)

Financial literacy (money management, budgeting, CashCourse) 

Food resources

Food security

Health Services 

Student Accessibility Services