Letter from CAPS Office

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) recognizes the impact of recent events on the students of San José State University. Like other universities, we know that our experiences have been deeply enriched and strengthened by the cultural and intellectual diversity all students bring into our communities. We appreciate everyone, and the safety and security of all students is of utmost importance. Additionally, we also recognize that events of recent days can cause significant psychological distress that may reduce the academic performance of students; both to those directly and indirectly affected. We want our campus community to understand that the counselors of CAPS stand for cultural diversity and social justice.

We invite all students to come into Counseling and Psychological Services, located at the Student Wellness Center, room 300B, for any support needed.

Letter from Dr. Kell Fujimoto, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services:

August 24, 2020

Dear students,

For those who are new to San Jose State University, welcome! We are thrilled that you have selected SJSU as your higher education institution and we look forward to working with you to make your college experience an awarding and fulfilling one. If you are a returning student, welcome back! Thank you for continuing your academic journey with us here at SJSU.

Welcome to the Fall 2020 Semester! This is a very challenging time for all of us. A number of us have been impacted by the California wildfires and evacuation orders, while others are navigating the poor air quality in our geographical area. These challenges fall on top of the concerns many of us continue to have relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, our own health, and the health of our families and loved ones. In addition, this summer our student population faced Federal policy changes that affected LGBT, international, and undocumented students. And, the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks fuels anger, fear, and sadness among our diverse campus community. The continued protests that occur across the nation speak to the constant discrimination, inequities, and injustices our Black and communities of color experience. Finally, as we approach the Presidential election in November, anxiety levels continue to increase as our country decides how our Nation will move forward for the next four years.

It is important for all of us to put our mental health and well-being as a top priority. Stay connected with your family and friends. Maintain physical distancing, but stay emotionally and socially connected through phone, text, and video conversations. Limit your exposure to the news and when you do seek out information, obtain it from accurate, reliable, and trustworthy sources. Maintain a routine, but also be flexible with yourself and listen to your feelings and body. Finally, get outside and in touch with nature. Notice the air quality in your area and when safe, get out and take a walk. Always wear a mask and maintain physical distance.

We want to remind you that we are here and available for all matriculated students! We are providing ALL of our services through confidential telemental health services through phone or video sessions. We will listen to you, provide you a space to process your feelings, and connect you with resources. Students who are residing out of the state of California can utilize our crisis intervention services, workshops, and self-help resources. State mental health rules and regulations, as well as our professional ethical standards, limit us in providing continuous individual counseling to students who are out of the State.

For crisis intervention services, students can speak to a counselor by calling our main line at (408) 924-5910. In addition, students can contact the Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Hotline at (855) 278-4204 or send a text to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. For life threatening emergencies, individuals should call 911; or if you live on campus, call campus police at (408) 924-2222.

We highly encourage students to utilize our self-help resources, Therapy Assisted Online (TAO) and YOU@SJSU. Access to TAO can be found at thepath.taoconnect.org while access to YOU@SJSU can be found at you.sjsu.edu. Both sites will require your SJSU email and one.SJSU password. Lastly, CAPS' business hours during the Fall Semester are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM; and Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. To get connected, call us at (408) 924-5910 or email counseling.services@sjsu.edu.

Thank you, please keep yourself safe, and treat yourself (and everyone else) well.