Mental Health Resources for Graduate and Professional Students, Part 3

Additional Resources On and Off Campus

The University places a priority on supporting the mental health of our graduate and professional students. Part 1 of this series focuses on services and updates about the Wellness Center. Part 2 provides information about helping yourself and others, as well as relevant Pitt data.

Pitt Resources

Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies: The center promotes research, education, and service/clinical practice in topics related to mindfulness and consciousness studies. It offers a small number of competitive scholarships to Pitt graduate students who are interested in attending local mindfulness trainings, workshops, or retreats. Additional limited scholarships are designated for attendees of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course at UPMC’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Clinical Psychology Center: The center at the University of Pittsburgh is the training clinic for the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program. Outpatient psychological services are provided at reduced fees based on income. Advanced graduate students, who are supervised closely by licensed faculty psychologists and other clinicians, provide a wide variety of treatment approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and family systems psychotherapy.

Note: As of April 2019, the center is able to provide services within about a month to individuals seeking assessment and psychotherapy. Please call or check the website to confirm.

Sky@Pitt – The Meditation Club: The Meditation Club (formerly YesPlus) focuses on stress management using breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga. They conduct meditation sessions, yogathons, fun stretches, and exam time stress-buster events on campus. For more information e-mail Gaurav Trivedi, PhD student.

Community Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): The Western PA chapter covers 20 counties in Western PA. AFSP does not provide mental health or crisis services. They focus on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

Center for Integrative Medicine: The UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine, located at UPMC Shadyside, provides services intended to complement—not replace—more conventional medical treatments. Therapies are available to treat adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress, and other conditions. The Center provides classes in yoga, mindful yoga, and mindfulness meditation.

Note: Most services are not covered by insurance plans. Pitt’s Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies offers a limited number of scholarships for classes (see above).

Resolve Crisis Services: Resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that is free to all Allegheny County residents. Their mantra is that everyone defines their own crisis. The crisis team provides crisis counseling and support, referrals, and intervention services for adults, teens, and their loved ones. The 24-hour hotline is 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226). The walk-in center is located at 333 North Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15208. Learn more.

Allegheny County Warmline: The Allegheny County Warmline is a consumer-operated telephone support service. Telephone lines are open every day from 10:00 a.m. until midnight. Telephone Support Specialists are specially trained peers who are able to provide support as well as referral information to residents of Allegheny County who are 18 years or older. The phone number is toll-free 1-866-661-WARM (9276). Services are free, and all information will remain confidential.

Note: The Warmline is not a crisis line. For a mental health crisis or emergency, contact Resolve Crisis Services (see above).