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Trump Causes Spike In Requests For Counseling Services At UCLA

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Jason Chulack Reporting Intern

College counseling services across the country have been reaching out to their distraught students since November’s election, and UCLA has the numbers to show that more students on its campus started utilizing these services.

Last quarter, UCLA saw a 17-percent increase in students seeking “brief screenings,” which “include crisis care and initial treatment,” according to the Daily Bruin.

In week 6 of the fall quarter, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) saw a 31-percent increase of students requesting brief screenings, CAPS executive director Dr. Nicole Green told the Daily Bruin.

LOS ANGELES, CA/USA - MAY 25, 2015: Entrance sign to UCLA campus. UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.

LOS ANGELES, CA/USA – MAY 25, 2015: Entrance sign to UCLA campus. UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.

Dr. Green notes that CAPS typically experiences an increase mid-quarter quarter, but that it is unusual to see an increase as high as 30 percent. She added that although it is hard to pinpoint what exactly caused this spike, the numbers lead her to believe that the tragic deaths the campus community experienced in weeks 4 and 5 of the quarter and the election of Donald Trump likely contributed to the spike.

An email sent to Dr. Green by The Daily Caller went unreturned.