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As spring is a time for renewal and change, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students may feel both excited and nervous about the new semester. Amidst the demands of school, work, family, social life and extracurriculars, students may wonder where to go if they need support for their mental health and wellbeing.

An array of programs are dedicated to serving the unique needs of UH Mānoa students. Mental health services are available through the Counseling and Student Development Center. Services tailored specifically for student-veterans, student-athletes, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander haumāna (students) are also available. The university also offers access to self-help resources, as well as programs for students looking to decrease their substance use.

Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC)

  • CSDC provides free, confidential brief individual, couples, group and career counseling through scheduled appointments with a mental health professional. Interested students should call (808) 956-7927 to complete a brief initial telephone appointment with a CSDC counselor who can connect them with the most appropriate service.
  • Group therapy is available, with groups focused on building healthy relationships, developing greater awareness and insight, and exploring personal identity.
  • The CSDC also has crisis counselors available during business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.–3:30p.m.) to assist students needing immediate mental health support. Students can call or walk-in to attend a crisis appointment.
  • Training opportunities, and clinical and program consultation regarding student mental health are available. Faculty and staff can contact CSDC about how to refer students to appropriate resources, or to arrange topical trainings for their departments.
  • CSDC’s Testing Office serves as an authorized testing site for various standardized tests and licensure/certification examinations, including the GRE (General and Subject), Praxis, TOEFL, CLEP, and Meazure Learning testing programs, and offers individual proctoring for non-UH system distance learning courses. Any inquiries regarding test availability, scheduling, fees, etc., may be directed to the Testing Office at (808) 956-3454 or

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Rainbow Wellness

  • Dedicated mental health and wellness services for all UH Mānoa student athletes in the Athletic Department.
  • One-on-one, confidential counseling is available via in-person sessions in Nagatani Center, Room 0L25 or via telehealth sessions. No referral is required to access Rainbow Wellness services and all services are free of charge. Email to book a session or ask questions.

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL)

  • The VITAL program is a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help student veterans achieve academic and career goals. Student veterans enrolled at UH Mānoa and are eligible for VA healthcare and can meet with a mental health professional via VA Video Connect. Call (808) 940-9098 to schedule an appointment.
  • Student veterans in need of immediate mental health attention are recommended to call VA Mental Health Triage at 1-800-214-1306, option 2, option 4 (Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.) or Veterans Crisis Line at 988, option 1 (available 24/7). For more information, go to the VITAL website.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program (ADEP)

  • ADEP is a comprehensive initiative designed to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed and responsible decisions regarding alcohol and substance use.
  • Students can access Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS), a free program designed to address alcohol-related (and other substances including vaping) issues among students through personalized interventions. Email inquiries to

Online Self-Help Resources

  • UH Mānoa students can access Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), a suite of online educational programs with engaging videos, animations, and interactive activities that use evidence-based content to address common mental health-related concerns. Students have completely anonymous, free access to TAO throughout the semester using their UH email address.

UH Employee Assistance Program

  • Faculty and staff members seeking mental health services can contact the UH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered by Employee Assistance of the Pacific. All regular, temporary and exempt employees are eligible for EAP services.
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