Behavioral Health Resources


You do not need a referral from your primary care provider to see a behavioral health provider. For information about your benefits and finding a provider:

  • UC Blue & Gold contact MHN — Call 800-663-9355

  • Kaiser Covered employees have two options:

        1. Call your local Kaiser clinic, or 800-464-4000 after hours

        2. Optum — Call 888-440-8225


Some services require preauthorization. CORE, UC Care, and UC Health Savings Plan (HSP) members have access to both in and out-of-network providers. Keep in mind that your cost will be higher when using out-of-network providers.

  • For information about your benefits and help to find an in-network provider, call Anthem at 844-437-0486.

  • Octave Behavioral Health

Post Docs Plans

Slides from August 11, 2022, MHN's Mental Health benefits presentation.

PostDocs Behavioral Health is provided by Health Net's Managed Health Network. For assistance in providing providers, call:

  • HMO Plan (In-Network only) - 888-426-0030

  • PPO Plan (In-Network and Out-Of-Network) - 800-797-7016

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides complimentary confidential counseling and referral services to all Berkeley Lab employees, Postdocs, and their spouses/domestic partners and dependents over 18. Non-employees, such as UC faculty, graduate student research assistants (GSRAs), and students, need to reach out to their appropriate campus resources. The program offers support in a wide range of issues, including but not limited to work-related stress, depression, and anxiety.

To make an appointment:

Call: (510)643-7754 or email:

Visit UC Berkeley's EAP page and UC Berkeley Community Resources page for more information.

Sign up for the free myStrength app

UC Health plans have contracted with myStrength to provide employees free access to mindful exercises. myStrength is a personalized, digital program that includes interactive activities, in-the-moment coping tools, inspirational resources, and community support. You can track preferences and goals, current emotional states, and ongoing life events to improve your awareness and change behaviors. myStrength includes dedicated resources for coping during COVID-19.

View your health plan below for instructions on accessing the App.

Kaiser Members

  • Login to from your computer

  • Navigate to Health & Wellness (on the menu bar to the right)

  • Click the shaded box 'Mental health and wellness'

  • Click 'Wellness resources' (on the menu bar above the main menu bar)

  • 'Digital apps for a healthy state of mind.' Click the 'Get started'

  • Scroll down to myStrength. Click 'Get myStrength'

Health Net Members

  • Login to

  • Navigate to Wellness Center

  • Click on myStrength

  • Scroll down to "Sign up today!"

  • Click on "Health Net myStrength" portal (you will get a message stating you are now leaving

  • (You will exit to the myStrength page)

  • Click "Sign up"

  • Note: the registration page will ask you for your Healthnet Member ID number

Crisis Resources Contacts

New! Mental Health Crisis Line



Berkeley Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team Voicemail: 510-981-5254 (press #).

Berkeley Mental Health Daytime Crisis Hotline: 510-981-5244

Alameda County 24-Hour Crisis Support Hotline: 1-800-309-2131

Oakland Mobile Crisis: 510-383-5020

California Peer-Run Warm Line: (855) 845-7415

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Mental Health Warmline Website