Mental Health Resources
Midterm season is beginning, and this can mean extra stress for many SWE members. It’s always great to remember to do self-care during this time. For example, going for walks, spending time with friends, and getting enough sleep are great methods to reduce stress. However, for a lot of people, this may not be sufficient. For all of you looking for extra support for yourself or a loved one, here are some free resources the U of M provides to all students.
All of these resources were suggested by Cielle Waters-Umfleet, the projects & publicity chair for CAPS In Action. CAPS In Action is a student-led mental health organization on campus that works directly with CAPS to improve students' mental welfare.
CAPS is a free resource for all students. Through short-term care, it helps students find a long-term solution that’s right for them.
The first step is requesting an appointment. Waters-Umfleet outlined the typical process for a student. “Any student, for any reason, may request an appointment. You will fill out a short survey about what symptoms you may have been experiencing…and with that information, CAPS will pair you with a mentor that they think is appropriate for you.”
Some students are hesitant to reach out for help because of health insurance concerns, whether they aren't covered or don't want to use their parents' insurance for privacy reasons. Waters-Umfleet talked through that issue and how CAPS supports students with these concerns. “CAPS has staff members called case managers who work with those students directly to help them find resources that are accessible to them and will still meet their needs.”
For immediate help, there is a 24-hour helpline on the back of your MCard. “Students may call that number anytime for any reason to discuss urgent issues they may be having, and during business hours CAPS can make emergency appointments.”
Another option available to students is UHS. One of the reasons students choose UHS is if they are open to medication treatment. It is also more psychiatry-focused.
An initial appointment for drug-based treatment can look like this. “They have preliminary screenings for a lot of common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. From there, the case can be handled by UHS staff or can be passed on too U of M psychiatry.”
hEART Listens is also an option available to everyone at the U of M. It’s a student group that offers anonymous emotional support within 24 hours. You can reach them by texting 734-292-8006. You are paired anonymously with an undergraduate student or wolverine wellness. They aren’t counselors, but it can be helpful to talk with someone.
There are other resources not listed here. For example, the wellness zones on campus are a great place to go if you are having a rough day. This list is merely a jumping-off point to show you some of the options available. Lots of people have struggled with mental health now more than ever. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength. I hope all of you are doing ok and get the help you deserve if you're looking for support.