Mental Health & Wellness

Many undocumented students navigate obstacles to mental wellness in college related to exclusionary campus policies and practices and conditions such as anxiety or depression. We encourage students to check out the support resources curated here!

Together We Rise

Together We Rise (TWR) is a biweekly conversation circle that endeavors to hold an affirming space for students who are undocumented or from mixed-immigration status families to come together to create community, destress, and talk about their experiences, or even just their moods that day. With the help of our mental health partner, Gabriela Gonzalez, M.A., a space is created to ensure that folks are not judged and that there is a community of students who understand their experiences. There is no commitment required, just stop by whenever you feel like sharing.

TWR Spring 24' Schedule
TWR Spring 24' Schedule!

Schedule 2023-2024

Starting January 17, 2024, Together We Rise will take place every other week!

  • January 17, January 31.
  • February 14, February 28. 

Additionally, please check our newsletter and our social media in order to receive updates on Together We Rise. 

Joshua Melendez
Mental Health Community Advocate 2023-2024

Student Health and Counseling Services
We are currently searching for our permanent Community Advising Network (CAN) counselor. Please check our newsletter and our social media for updates!

For any questions, please email or


Emotional Well Beings Through Creative Arts Program 

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To Promote the emotional well-being of undocumented students and students of mixed-status families in a manner that is accessible, uplifting, and understanding of their complex circumstances and ecological realities. To support students through the development of institutional programs that promote psychological well-being and contribute to decreasing mental health stigma.

Questions? Contact: 

Dr. M​ó​nica Torreiro-Casal ( 

Additional Resources on Campus: 

Community Advising Network (CAN)

For students who are unsure if therapy is right for them, the Community Advising Network (CAN) is a great place to start. CAN assists all students, especially those from underserved populations, to achieve their goals and address factors that may be affecting their academic success. CAN Community Counselors are a diverse group of professional staff who understand student issues and are here to help. CAN Community Counselors provide students with consultation and personal counseling in addition to programs, workshops and other campus community outreach activities.

CAN Community Counselors may provide limited consultation services to students who do not wish to disclose their identity. For more information about CAN, visit

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)

SHCS provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services to all registered UC Davis students regardless of insurance coverage. Most services are provided through scheduled appointments, however urgent care (services without appointments) for acute medical and mental health needs are also available. Services are provided at two primary locations: The Student Health and Wellness Center and North Hall.

Outside Sources

Help for Immigrant and Undocumented Communities

Immigrant Rising Support Groups

Mental Health America:

National Council for Behavioral Health:

National Empowerment Center:

National Institute of Mental Health:


Looking for apps that promote mental health? Here are some recommendations by the Center!

  • Liberate
    • Liberate is a subscription-based, daily meditation app that endeavors to create a safe space for the Black community to develop a daily meditation habit. With curated content from 40+ BIPOC teachers with a diverse background in lineage, perspective, and approach, the app supports Black folks who want to start a path to healing by naming and offering resources for common cultural experiences (i.e. internalized racism, microaggressions)
  • Forest
    • Forest is an app that helps you stay focused daily and turn your hard work into lush forests. Partnered with a real tree planting organization, Tree for the Future, Forest allows users to spend their virtual coins earned in the app to help the Forest team donate real money to Tree for the Future and create planting orders. The less time you spend on your phone, the better your virtual tree will grow!
  • MyLife
    • MyLife is a mindfulness and meditation app that offers users daily wellness check-ins and suggests activities personalized to how you feel. From journaling prompts to meditation, the app helps relieve stress and anxiety by helping you guide and process your emotions.