May 7, 2020 - Supporting you as we near the end of the semester

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Stephen C. Sutton, and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, Lisa García Bedolla, sent the following message to all undergraduate and graduate students on 05/07/20:

 

As we move into the final stretch of the spring semester, we are reaching out today to provide important reminders about our campus mental health resources, spring move out, and staying in touch about fall 2020.

While everyone’s experience is unique, we have witnessed exceptional strength and resilience this semester and we are extremely impressed by all of the student-led activities that have fostered closer emotional connections and support in our community. Even while physically apart, we can still come together.

Mental Health Resources 
If you are feeling overwhelmed and would like support, counselors at University Health Services (UHS) are available virtually either by phone or video appointments for counseling and for urgent concerns: Cou nseling and Psychological Services website or (510) 642-9494 (after-hours counseling line (855) 817-5667). Please see UHS’s mental health resources for more information that can be helpful during this time and the CDC’s recommendations for managing the stress and anxiety that many experience in a pandemic.

For some, anxiety or being in your residence can also lead to an increase in alcohol and drug use. If you need help, contact UHS to make an appointment or find a local resource. Also, don’t isolate yourself completely – social distancing shouldn’t become social isolation. Keep communicating with others and set up virtual meetings with friends and family members to stay in to uch.

We also offer students support with medical withdrawal (for physical or psychological reasons), if appropriate. Here are some additional tips to help:

Be proactive about managing stress

  • Taking care of your physical and emotional health during uncertain times is key. Get tips and resources around mental health and coping.   
  • Pay attention to your stress level and prioritize stress management. Practice self care by talking to friends, exercising, and taking breaks will help your academic performance. 
  • Visit recalibrate for wellness information and resources targeted at the entire campus community. 

Sleep

  • There is good evidence that high-quality sleep (roughly 7-9 hours nightly for the average person) significantly improves task performance, learning, and memory.
  • Sleep and anxiety are often interrelated and improving sleep quality appears to lessen generalized anxiety.

Seek help

  • Getting help is a sign of strength and resiliency. Visit the Office of the Dean of Students’ Mental Health Matters to learn how we are in this together.
  • If stress is interfering with your life (socially or academically) or if you find yourself depressed or anxious for weeks or longer, this will interfere with your ability to learn and perform academically. Talk to a professional mental health counselor at University Health Services. Counselors are available for phone and video counseling appointments. There are also new online self-help tools. Visit the CAPS website, call Counseling and Psychological Services at (510) 642-9494, or, when the Tang Center is closed, call the after-hours counseling line (855) 817-5667.
  • It's okay if you need help. You are not alone. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255).

Move-Out
Some of you may be moving out of your residence near campus at the end of this semester, or maybe currently living elsewhere but will return to Berkeley to pick up your things. Please review these tips and resources to ensure that you are protecting your safety, helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, and avoiding hefty city fines during your move out. If you live / lived in a residence hall and have not moved out, please refer to communications from Residential Life staff for additional move out instructions.

Actions you can take to ensure a safe move-out during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Safety First! Do NOT dump unwanted items or furniture on the curb. Materials left on the curb pose a risk to the homeless population, sanitation workers, people using the sidewalk, and elderly or vulnerable neighbors. It is illegal to leave materials on the curb and can result in imprisonment or fines of up to $1000.
  2. Plan ahead. Make a plan for what you will do with your furniture and unwanted items before you come back / before your lease deadline approaches. Considering giving away or storing possessions. 
  3. Physical distance. Talk with your roommates before returning and make a plan to maintain physical distancing. Consider moving out on different days. If you live in a building with multiple units, contact your landlord about setting up a move-out schedule. 
  4. Dispose of trash properly. See the Ecology Center’s sorting guide and tips for keeping curbside recycling safe. If you have extra trash that will not fit in your trash receptacle, the city of Berkeley is temporarily allowing residents to put out two extra bags of trash. You can also work with your property manager to get prepaid trash bags that are available for purchase at the Transfer Station or to order increased garbage collection service. You can take items directly to the Transfer Station as well. Up to 2 mattresses and 2 electronics per residence can be dropped off at the Berkeley Transfer Station for free. To drop off additional electronic waste for free, see the ewaste Collective.
  5. Donation resources. Many outlets that normally take donations are no longer accepting them. Visit www.tinyurl.com/berkeleydonations2020 or www.recyclewhere.org to view a list of places that are still accepting donations. Plan before you donate.

Visit CalMoveOut.com, a website designed by and for students for more detailed information. 

Should you need assistance moving and/or storing your belongings, the university has worked with several moving companies in the past. Two of these companies are offering preferred pricing for UC Berkeley students. Contact them directly if you need assistance and let them know you are a Berkeley student. You may also use a moving company of your choice.

Up and Up Moving
Email: scheduling@upandupcoming.com 
Phone: 510-518-2770  

Valley Relocation
Email: ksutton@valleyrelocaiton.com
Phone: 800-284-6285 x8473

Stay in touch about fall 2020
Lastly, we are currently making plans for the fall 2020 semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will have more information for you over the summer and will share updates via CalMessages, websites, and social media (InstagramFacebook and Twitter) so please pay close attention over the summer. We understand that not having a definitive answer at the moment can be unsettling, but we don’t want to act prematurely either. Concerns for your health and safety are our primary concern. Directives from local public health authorities are helping to guide our decision making. We are eager to have you back on campus and will update you as soon as decisions are made. 

We hope that you are able to take the time you need to have a restorative summer. Stay healthy, Bears.