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12-step support groups

12-step support groups offer a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from various struggles.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop the behavior that is causing distress and discomfort. 

There are no dues or fees for most 12-step groups and they are not run by professional counselors, but rather by individuals who are also in the program and are working toward their own recovery. Learn More


Helping the Distressed Student

Most students come to CAPS for help on their own, but sometimes they come as a result of the recommendation of a friend, roommate, faculty, or staff who has suggested it to them at some point.

You as faculty and staff have the opportunity to observe students while they are engaging in campus life, eating meals, studying, socializing, and taking care of academic or personal business. You may also observe students' performance on written and creative work. Students may come to you for help or advice. Or they may even mention that they are struggling.

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Common concerns of students in distress include -- but are not limited to -- worries about their academic performance, finances, or the future; their families at home, romantic partners, friends, or roommates; and how to manage food, time, money, socializing, etc. They may be having symptoms related to a mood disorder, chemical dependency, or a traumatic event. Students' distress will become observable to you when they tell you, a friend of theirs tells you, or when it affects their day-to-day functioning. Learn More


 
Off Campus Resources

Problems Specialists:

24-Hour Help Lines

  • AIDS Information: 800-342-2437
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: 408-374-8511
  • Battered Women: 408-279-2962
  • Crisis/Suicide: 408-279-3312
  • Legal Aid: 408-998-5200
  • Sexual Assault: 408-287-3000

Low-Cost Community Counseling Services

  • Alum Rock Counseling Center: 408-294-0500
  • Bill Wilson Center (Counseling Services, Housing & Youth Shelter): 408-243-0222
  • Center for Healthy Development: 408-247-9399
  • JFK Community Counseling Center: 408-524-4900
  • Santa Clara County Mental Health Center: 800-704-0900

Online Resources
There are a number of resources online that are available to anyone who needs them. You can use these to help you on the path to overcoming challenges such as anxiety, alcoholism, depression, and stress. Learn more Learn More »