Mental Health Resources

Pitt offers multiple mental health resources, available to students in need of counseling, de-stressing, and general mental health care. 

Care and Resource Support Team (CARS)

  • The Care and Resource Support (CARS) Team accepts referrals, problem solves, and responds to student behavior identified as reasonably causing concern for students’ health, welfare, and safety.

Disability Resource Services (DRS)

  • Disability Resources and Services (DRS) is the designated department by the University to determine reasonable accommodations and services. At the University of Pittsburgh, we are committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities

Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education (SHARE)

  • To help advance our goal of eradicating sexual misconduct, SHARE offers resources to help all members of our University community report, cope with, and prevent incidents of sexual misconduct or assault.

Stress Free Zone (SFZ)

  • The Stress Free Zone (SFZ) is a space where students can learn and regularly practice evidence-based, mind/body stress reduction skills.   These skills are primarily taught through mindfulness meditation, a form of attention training which involves an intentional, non-judgmental observation of the present moment.

Therapy Assistance Online

  • It may be helpful to think of TAO as a private online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in life. As you watch videos and engaged with our interactive components, you’ll gain the knowledge, self-awareness, and skills you need to achieve your goals.

Thriving Campus

  • Thriving Campus is an online directory that allows Pitt students to access a list of off-campus, licensed mental health clinicians, many of whom specialize in working with students. The website includes various guides and resources that assist students through the process of securing off-campus outpatient care.

University Counseling Services (on-campus mental health professionals)

  • At this time, any student interested in receiving support at the University Counseling Center should utilize our Drop-In Services by calling 412-648-7930 Monday-Friday, between 9am-4pm. You will be asked to first complete paperwork online before meeting with a clinician to discuss your unique needs and develop a personalized care plan.

5 Tips for Emotional Well-Being from Thrive.Pitt.Edu

  1. Don't avoid your feelings. Find healthy ways to express your feelings and let people close to you know when you are not doing well.
  2. Find a healthy balance. Determine your priorities, focus on things that are important to you, and make time to take care of yourself. Have fun and enjoy the small moments!
  3. Practice gratitude. Focus on positive events in your life and don't sweat the small stuff. Establish a daily gratitude practice to help highlight things that positively impact to your well-being.
  4. Stay connected with people in your life. Send a text message to someone you haven't talked to in awhile, make plans to get together with friends, or even spark a conversation with someone new.
  5. Focus on what matters the most to you in your life and spend time doing what is meaningful to you. Reflect on your personal values, set life goals, or try exploring spiritual or religious practices.

External Resources

Pittsburgh Mental Health Resource Toolkit

Mental Health tips for AAPI Students