As the violence in the Middle East continues, it carries a rippling effect across the world - impacting students across the Pacific community and beyond. You may be experiencing a range of emotional discomfort.

We know that times like these can bring up many emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, loneliness, and grief. If you are feeling any of these emotions, know that it is normal and that you are not alone. CAPS is here to support you and help you manage your well-being. 

Here are some tips for coping with world news and events:

  • Share your feelings
    • It's okay to feel a mix of many different emotions, Sharing your feelings with a trusted family member, friend, therapist, or religious leader can help you feel less alone and more empowered to cope.
  • Take breaks from the news and social media
    • Our lives are inundated with information that can feel overwhelming at times. Remember that you are in control and can set boundaries around your media consumptions, including who and what you follow, how you receive notifications, and when it is time to unplug.
  • Connect with others
    • Remember that we all need human connection and community to thrive. Be sure to check in with others and share how you're feeling with those trusted sources around you.
  • Maintain a self-care routine
    • During times of uncertainty, finding ways to maintain a routine can help our minds and bodies cope. Try to eat three meals a day, maintain a regular sleep schedule, connect with nature, make a gratitude list, and remember to try to enjoy the simple things.

CAPS strongly advocates for the anti-racist education and allyship of all students, faculty, and staff.  It is our hope that the resources below resonate with the Pacific community as ways to both support those who are hurting and join together to facilitate a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.

To our Pacific students, and especially to students who are members of marginalized and oppressed communities, we see you, we stand with you, and we are here to support you. 

To schedule an appointment or reach out for support, please call us at 209.946.2315 x2.

On call 24/7 therapeutic support can be accessed by calling 209.946.2315 x3.

Israeli-Palestinian Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) organization has recently put together a toolkit of behavioral health resources pertaining to the Israel-Hamas Conflict. Please find that here.

Resources for Those Impacted by Violence in Israel and Palestine

Resources for Those Wanting to Learn About the Conflict in Israel and Palestine

Ways to Provide Help for Victims of the War

Resources for Black Individuals and Communities

Resources for the AAPI Community

Anti-Racism Resources

Each Mind Matters - California's Mental Health Movement

Books to Read

Online Courses



Updated January 12, 2024