Mental & Emotional Health Resources
In addition to the services CaPS offers, there are things you can do and good information you can read to learn more about your mental and emotional health.
Please be aware that CaPS does not monitor or endorse the external websites listed below. If you have any questions or concerns about your particular situation, call us.
Find a Provider
Visit Thriving Campus to find a therapist that specializes in working with students in higher education. Complete a customized search based on location, insurance, need, preferences and/or therapy approach. You may also change location as Thriving Campus lists providers in other U.S. locations.
If you have the Student Health Insurance Plan (Highmark), you can also set up a meeting with an online therapist or psychiatrist through the Highmark Amwell Services.
Visit Psychology Today and click on “Find a Therapist.” You can do a customized search based on location, insurance, need and/or therapy approach.
Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list of available providers in the Pittsburgh area and the providers are not necessarily endorsed by CMU CaPS. If you do not find a provider on this list, you can reach out to CaPS for more referrals. CaPS is happy to do a consultation with you to help you find a provider that meets your needs.
Highmark Student Health Plan
CMU’s Highmark Student Health Insurance covers in-network outpatient counseling in full (no copay, no deductible) and has no session limit (you can go for as long as you want/need and will not have to pay anything for services). Please confirm that your chosen provider is in-network with Highmark when making your first appointment. Learn more about the Student Health Insurance plan.
For other health insurances, call the number on the back of your insurance card or access your insurance carrier’s website to do your own Find a Provider Search. You can also search using Psychology Today and filter by insurance. If you receive a long list of providers and need help picking one, CaPS is happy to help you.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CaPS)
Available 24/7 via phone
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
412-624-1000 or 877-624-4100
Provides mental health services, including emergency hospitalizations
National (General Crisis Hotlines)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free and confidential 24/7 support for people in distress
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Free 24/7 crisis support in the U.S.
24/7 treatment referral and information
National (Population-Specific Hotlines)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender National Hotline (LGBT)
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ National Hotline)
Or visit website to chat
Peer support hotline from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Eastern time
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
Local Specialized Services
In addition to the below specialty centers, CaPS has connections with other specialists in the community. Schedule a confidential consultation at CaPS to help determine needs and/or assistance with connecting to the appropriate care. In addition, if you need support in balancing your schedule and academic needs with treatment needs, CaPS can help. Please contact CaPS at 412-268-2922 to discuss your needs and supports available.
Renfrew Center of Pittsburgh
201 N. Craig Street (Map)
Provides treatment for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and related needs. Services include day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy.
UPMC Center for Eating Disorders
Located on the 8th Floor of the Western Psychiatric Institute
Treatment for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other eating disorders through both inpatient and outpatient care.
Drugs & Alcohol
Gateway Rehabilitation Center
Multiple locations including Forbes Ave. in Squirrel Hill
In addition to assessments by appointment, walk-in assessments are available Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm.
UPMC Addiction Medicine Services
Oakland, Homewood, or South Side locations
PERSAD is a human services organization serving the LGBTQ+ and the HIV/AIDS communities, providing counseling, outreach and preventative health services in the Pittsburgh area.
PGH Equality Center
Provides resources and opportunities to the LGBTQ+ community in Pittsburgh to promote visibility, understanding and equality.
Sexual or Physical Violence Prevention
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
PAAR provides 24/7 crisis services, confidential counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual abuse and works to end sexual violence in the community. They provide in-person support in emergency rooms and other places in which a victim needs knowledgeable and empathic support.
Center for Victims
Center for Victims operates a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault. They provide a variety of services from counseling, to shelter and many other services.
Resource for events and services for trans-identified individuals and allies in the Pittsburgh area
SisTersPGH is a transgender/nonbinary centered shelter transitioning program based in Pittsburgh.
Trans YOUniting is a trans based non-profit resource organization that provides educational programs for trans folks and allies.
Garden of Peace Project
Centers black queer and trans youth, elevates and empowers the narratives and lived experiences of black youth and their caretakers, and guides revolutionary spaces of healing and truth through art, education and mentorship.