Mental Health Resources
Mental health is critically important for the success of BYU Graduate students. Knowing how to address mental health concerns and what resources are available to you make prioritizing mental health care possible. Your departments, advisors, Graduate Studies, peers, and others are here to help answer questions and explore options when needed.
Supporting Yourself and Others:
Graduate Studies encourages students to be proactive about their health and to look for opportunities to be social and interact with others and/or seek help from a professional when needed. The following is a list of supportive resources both on and off-campus that you can access.
See a consolidated resource list here.
Crisis Hot Lines:
National Grad Crisis Line:
Grad Crisis Care The National Grad Crisis Line and Grad Crisis Care website helps graduate students reach free, confidential telephone counseling, suicide, and crisis intervention.
Utah Crisis Number:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Peer support specialist available: 801-587-1055 (8am-11pm)
App SafeUT (anyone in Utah text through this app for personal help or can send in tips about someone they are concerned about). Students, faculty, staff and others can use the App SafeUT Text line if you need help or if you are concerned about someone else. It is best to seek help early whenever possible.
Daytime Crisis Walk-ins
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis during normal business hours, you may walk into CAPS (1500 WSC). Walk-in appointments are available 8am to 4pm. After 4pm, crises are managed through the after-hours crisis line.
24-hour On-Call Therapist
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis after 4 p.m. or before 8 a.m., CAPS has a psychologist on call 24 hours a day. Please contact University Police at (801) 422-2222 and ask to speak to the psychologist on duty. University Police will call the counselor on duty who will return your call, typically within 10 minutes or less.
Sexual Assault Survivor Advocacy Services - Information on reporting sexual assault, medical care and counseling.
BYU Title lX - Here you can find information about commonly asked Title IX questions. If you have a question you can't find an answer to here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stop by the office in 1085 WSC, or call at 801-422-8692.
Office of Student Success and Inclusion – Student resources, LGBTQA, events, clubs, etc.
Counseling and Psychological Services - Support for students in crisis, therapy, self-help, and stress management services. Completely Confidential! BYU’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers mental health services for graduate students with 2 hours of registration.
BYU Comprehensive Services - The BYU Comprehensive Clinic offers counseling services for individuals, couples, and families in the Utah County community. Completely Confidential.
Multicultural Student Services - Are a unique team of multicultural specialists who value the total development of the multicultural student within the Aims of a BYU education. We seek to develop a BYU environment of "fellow citizenry" where multiculturalism can flourish.
Women's Services - facilitate the personal, academic, and spiritual success of women at BYU by empowering them through education and connecting them with resources to help them excel as individuals, build thriving families, and strengthen their communities.
Student Wellness – Information on programs, facilities, intramural and extramural opportunities, and much more.
Student Health Center – information on health services, plans, etc.
International Student and Scholar Services - provides personal, cultural, and academic advisement while assisting students and scholars.
University Accessibility Center - assists students at all campuses with academic accommodations.
Grief and Loss - Resources on grief and loss.
Utah County Service Providers: For complete information about what services are available in Utah County, call United Way Info and Referral Service 2-1-1, or visit www.unitedwayuc.org
Low-Income Counseling Services:
Mountainlands Community Health Center (801) 374-9660
Family Support and Treatment Center (801) 229-1181
Family Services (801) 422-7620
Wasatch Behavioral Health (801) 373-4760 (for those with Medicaid)
Utah Parent Center (children, youth, and young adults with disabilities) (801) 272-1051
Children and Youth:
Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) (801) 374-7005
Family Support and Treatment Center (child abuse and prevention (801) 229-1181
Kids on the Move (autism, developmental disorders) (801) 221-9930
Utah County Children's Justice Center (801) 851-8554
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s important to recognize the limits of your ability to personally assist and to know when other resources can be more helpful. Seek help if you or the person you’re talking to:
- Is no longer able to function in their normal capacity within class or experiences a significant drop in grades or academic performance.
- Appears unable to cope with their day-to-day activities and responsibilities.
- Expresses depressive symptoms such as sleep disturbance, sudden weight loss or gain, crying spells, fatigue, loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities, or inability to concentrate or complete tasks.
- Expresses severe anxiety symptoms such as feelings of panic, shortness of breath, headaches, sweaty palms, dry mouth, or racing thoughts.
- Has suicidal thoughts or feelings.
- Has few friends or family they can talk to about pressing concerns. They may benefit from a support group more than counseling.
If you believe someone needs help:
- Express concern. Empathetically point out the behaviors that are causing you concern. It’s important to address a person’s need to seek help. However, it is equally important to reassure them that everyone goes through hard times, and you understand and care.
- Destigmatize. Discuss mental health professional support in a friendly, welcoming way. Point out that you have confidence in the office or in its therapists, or that you’ve known others who have had positive interactions with that resource.
- Talk about options. There are many resources available. Talk about options that may best serve the person you’re talking to and the difficulties they are experiencing.