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Program: STAR (STAND at UCLA)


The STAR (Stress and Resilience) Program is designed to match UCLA students with evidence-based mental health resources, adding to the continuum of CAPS mental health resources. The program leverages research, content and capabilities from the Depression Grand Challenge. STAR is a collaboration between various campus partners: the Depression Grand Challenge, Counseling and Psychological Services, Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center, RISE Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine Behavioral Health Center.

How STAR works: Students complete a quick registration process and then are routed to the STAR Wellness Check survey which is an adaptive 5-minute test for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and suicidality. Students and the program receive immediate feedback with recommended services ranging from prevention services through crisis outreach.

Students with symptoms consistent with anxiety or mild to moderate depression are offered the STAND Toolkit and may self-select which package to use—depression, panic, sleep, social anxiety, trauma or worry. Students may request a coach to support their journey. 

Enrolled students continue to receive the STAR Wellness Check on a monthly basis, and students with severe depression or suicidality are connected with CAPS. Other students who choose not to enroll to receive access to the STAND Toolkit may still opt in to sign up for monthly reminders for the STAR Wellness Check.

Primary Goal

To serve as a referral source and safety net for UCLA students with mental health care needs ranging from prevention services to crisis response.

Anticipated Duration

Indefinite so long as there is funding for administration of the program.

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Focus Area
External Collaborators

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services

UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center


UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Behavioral Health Center

Funding Source