Residential Life Counselor

The Residential Life Program provides student residents access to a licensed clinical counselor for support around emotional and mental health issues. Residents can seek support from the counselor on a range of topics, including personal problems involving relationships with roommates, parents or peers, emotional or social difficulties, relationship conflicts, anxiety or depression, sexual and gender identity concerns, concerns about academic progress or direction, and other issues. It’s easy to arrange a time to meet with the residential counselor. Just call Rick Nizzardini at (415) 405-4415 and ask to make an appointment. If it's an emergency, call the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at (415) 338-2208 for a drop-in urgent appointment, or call University Police at (415) 338-2222 after regular weekday business hours and on weekends. Services are free, confidential and are provided in a private office in the Housing Business Office located in Mary Ward Hall.

On Campus

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CPSC)

At SF State, you also have access to brief counseling through Counseling & Psychological Services located in the Student Services Building, Room 208 (SSB 208). Licensed counselors are available to you for individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as mental health education. To make an appointment visit the C&PS office in SSB 208. For urgent appointments, drop-in spots are available. For emergencies outside regular business hours and on weekends, contact University Police at (415) 338-2222. Services are free and confidential.

Student Health Services (SHS)

The Student Health Services (SHS) is available to all students for health related and urgent mental health issues. The SHS provides comprehensive preventative health, primary care services and pharmacy services as well as psychiatric services.

Active Minds

Active Minds at SF State is a part of a nationally recognized organization, Active Minds, Inc., that exists as a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization on the college campus. By promoting awareness and education, the group aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental disorders and create and open environment for discussion of mental health issues. The organization targets the entire college community through large-scale educational campaigns and events such as panel discussions, movie screenings, and benefit runs.

Off Campus

Community Psychiatry

Community Psychiatry is a group of private practice psychiatry offices throughout Northern California. Community Psychiatry has relationships with psychiatrists, therapists, and other mental health professionals who accept a range of health insurance plans. All it takes is a call to Community Psychiatry to get linked to a professional on your insurance plan for an evaluation and treatment recommendation.

Half of Us

Half of Us is a website devoted to raising awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campuses and to connecting students to the appropriate resources to get help. Video stories of people who have struggled and overcome mental health issues are available for viewing, as well as information about mental illness and resources for support.

Know the Signs

Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out. This campaign is intended to educate Californians how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a direct conversation with someone in crisis and where to find professional help and resources.

The JED Foundation

The JED Foundation is a national foundation working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college and university students. The organization works to increase understanding about the prevalence of and the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and other emotional disorders.