Health and Safety


Mental Health and Safety Resources

  •  Healer Education Assessment and Referral Program (HEAR)
  • Educates medical and pharmacy students, house-staff, faculty, trainees, and hospital staff about burnout, depression, and suicide. Provides confidential, online assessment of stress, depression and other related issues. Makes personalized referrals to local mental health clinicians and other community resources.

  • Physician Wellness website
  • A dedicated resource for UC San Diego Health physicians to provide a consolidated site of wellness programs and resources.

  • WE CARE Physician Peer Support program aims to create a safe and confidential space where physicians can seek guidance, share experiences, and receive emotional support from their peers.  Learn more about peer supporters and special areas of interest here .
    • For additional questions about the program, please contact Dr. Sidney Zisook (Director) at

  • Headspace Care Support​
  • All clinical UCSD physicians, UCSD-GME physicians are eligible for free 24/7 on-demand behavioral coaching through the Headspace Care app. Be​havioral coaching is available in English and Spanish.  Dependents 18+ are eligible to use Headspace Care under an eligible user. 

  • Physician Well-Being Committee
  • Dedicated to recognizing and offering assistance to staff physicians who have problems with substance abuse or physical or mental illness, which impair their ability to practice safely and effectively. Confidentiality will be assured depending upon the severity of the situation and the immediate risk to patient safety. If you are anxious about making this first call, you may want to contact the committee Chair initially without disclosing the name of your colleague, just to learn more about how the committee can help.

  • Health Care Facilitator Program
  • Knowledgeable counselors whose job is to help you solve complex problems with your medical, dental or vision plan. Their assistance is free and confidential.

  • Optum
  • Provides counseling resources and support services, including a Provider Search tool for finding an in-network provider based on your preference for type of service, three no-cost visits, and multiple online resources. Members are also entitled to free legal, mediation, and financial consultations via calling 1-866-808-6205. Counselors are available via telephone 24 hours a day. Sign in with an access code and register for logging in.

  • Rape Aggression Defense Classes (RAD)
  • A national program designed to provide women with the concepts and methods needed for self-defense. The program enables women to take a more active role in protecting themselves and their psychological well-being.

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Mindfulness and Physical Fitness

  • Healthy Campus Network (HCN)
  • Events include free Mindfulness and Meditation, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba at Jacobs Medical Center, Hillcrest, La Jolla School of Medicine Campus

  • Wellness Ambassador Program
  • Staff and faculty who are health-minded and focused on fostering wellness in their respective department; provide feedback on proposed wellness events at UC San Diego and share health, fitness and wellness programs with their department

Mediation Services

  • Office of the Omsbud
  • Provides confidential, neutral, and informal dispute resolution services for the UC San Diego community.

  • Campus Counsel
  • Reporting to the Chancellor and to the Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel, Dan Park is the chief attorney for the UC San Diego campus. Dan provides legal advice, retains outside counsel, manages litigation, reviews university policies, and works closely with other administrative offices to ensure legal compliance and to respond to disputes.

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