Updated 3/29/2021

New Announcement

CSDC is providing all UHM students, faculty, and staff free access to an online program, Kognito, that can equip you with the knowledge and skills to recognize trauma or distress. Please visit our Kognito page to learn more about Kognito and how to access the online simulation.

Spring 2021

In response to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, the Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) has adjusted our services in accordance with government and university guidelines during the pandemic. Due to utmost concerns for health and safety during this time of COVID-19, the CSDC office has modified services to deliver primarily remote services, using video and/or phone. While this changes the way many of our services look, we continue to be committed to supporting and helping students address their mental health and well-being.

CSDC Hours and Availability
The CSDC is currently open during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).  In accordance with the licensing laws for our providers, individual, group, and couple therapy services can only be provided for students who are physically located in the State of Hawaiʻi.  In order to prevent the spread of infection, the CSDC also encourages students who are sick or not feeling well to avoid coming into the CSDC for services. Rather, students are encouraged to contact the CSDC by phone and our staff will help the student arrange for appropriate services if they are unable to come in.  Students who need to come in person to the CSDC office will be asked to comply with UH regulations regarding on-campus contact.  Please see our Guidelines for Visiting CSDC

Crisis Intervention

  • Urgent Support from a Counselor. The CSDC provides crisis intervention and clinical consultation for individuals who are experiencing high levels of stress. They can call the CSDC to speak with the crisis counselor-on-duty immediately or can make an appointment for crisis support services. During the call, the counselor will assess and assist in the management of the immediate crisis and help the individual to cope while getting them connected with other resources.  Emergency support services are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Urgent Consultations. Faculty and staff are welcomed to contact the CSDC for assistance with a student of concern or a worrisome situation affecting their classroom or department.

Prevention and Intervention

  • Talk to a Counselor. The CSDC offers a variety of services to students, including personal counseling, couples, workshops, and peer mentor services. CSDC has temporarily transitioned to tele-mental health services for crisis assessments, screenings, initial consultations, and triage. CSDC will continue to use telephone, email, and video-conferencing to provide brief check-ins and solution-focused counseling support until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control and in-person services can safely resume.

    In most cases, services at CSDC begin with a phone screen.  This is a brief call with one of our mental health counselors to assess and recommend next steps to support students with mental health and well-being concerns.  Learn more about our Phone Screens here.
  • Drop-in Support Spaces. The CSDC will host virtual drop-in support spaces via Zoom designed for students who share social identities or life experiences starting the week of January 25, 2021. These drop-in spaces may be of interest to students who identify as student athletes, international students, graduate learners, residential students, LGBTQ+, and those who may be impacted by a COVID-19 diagnosis themselves or in a loved one. The goals of the support spaces are to increase connection with others, enhance a sense of belonging, and boost students’ sense of well-being and resilience. Visit our support space page to register for the support space.
  • Process groups. Process groups will also be offered by CSDC clinicians via Zoom starting in early February 2021.  Process groups offer students a safe, welcoming, and consistent opportunity to process and share experiences with others while connecting around various topics. Students must be currently residing within the state of Hawaiʻi to participate. Please visit our group therapy page for descriptions of each group and how to sign up to participate in the group.
  • Skills-based groups. Short-term skills-based groups will also be offered by CSDC clinicians via Zoom starting mid-February 2021.  These three-session group therapy programs focus on developing skills for living a happier, more productive life. Students must be currently residing within the state of Hawaiʻi to participate. Please visit our group therapy page for descriptions of each group and how to sign up to participate in the group.
  • Self-help workshops. Currently enrolled UH Mānoa students can register to participate in CSDC self-help workshops hosted via Zoom. Self-help workshops are one-hour interactive, educational group sessions focused on learning skills to maintain mental and physical wellness during the pandemic. Students currently residing within or outside of the state of Hawaiʻi are eligible to participate. Please visit our workshops page to register for Spring 2021 workshops.
  • Workshops/training by request. Student, staff, or faculty groups may request group training on general mental health issues of college students, skill-building, and how to refer a student to CSDC or other resources. Please complete our outreach request form to request a group training.   
  • Connect: Referrals and Resources. Students who would benefit from mental/behavioral health referrals in the community will work with CSDC mental health professionals and in some cases, the Center’s case manager, to find suitable resources. As a mental health emergency can occur at any time, the CSDC also promotes 24-hour crisis lines which are designed to provide immediate talk or chat interventions.

    Due to rapidly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19, the CSDC might experience further adjustments to its hours and services. We will keep the UH Mānoa community updated to these adjustments as they occur.

Resources for Mental Health Emergencies

  1. If you are experiencing an emergency or believe you are a danger to yourself and/or others, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
  2. Hawai‘i CARES Hotline
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
    Call and referral center for behavioral health related services including crisis intervention, substance use disorder, and mental health services
    Oahu: 808-832-3100
    Neighbor islands: 1-800-753-6879
  3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  4. The Disaster Distress Helpline
    Text TalkWithUS to 66746
  5. UH Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  6. WorkLife Hawaii
    The REACH Program provides confidential, short-term professional counseling services to employees who may be experiencing personal problems that are affecting job performance.
    Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Phone: 808-543-8445


COVID-19 Resources (Updated 1/15/202)

Resources about COVID-19 and mental health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).



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Here at the Counseling and Student Development Center we offer support to UH Mānoa students to assist with personal, academic and career concerns. Our approach is encouraging, collaborative, goal focused and culturally sensitive. We are here to help you develop more personal awareness and learn the skills you need to be successful while you are here at the University of Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Going through life changes, choosing a major, making career decisions, becoming independent, relating well with others, being successful, and living meaningfully is inherently challenging and often difficult or distressing. The built-in demands of academic life contribute to the overall stress we inevitably feel. Juggling a course load while meeting all the other personal, social, and financial responsibilities we have can bring on discomfort, anxiety, depression, and other emotional or physical symptoms. Our comprehensive counseling and psychological services are designed to be timely, accessible, preventative, and personalized to meet your individual needs.

All services are confidential. Individual, couples and group counseling services are free of charge for Mānoa students. We offer free urgent consultation to faculty and staff on personal and student related issues as well. In addition, psychiatric services and assessment services are available for a fee.

CSDC is located on the third floor of the Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, at the heart of the Mānoa campus. The center is interested in serving all UH students, faculty, and staff. If you have any special accommodation needs, let the center know so that arrangements can be made that will work for you.

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