Parents and Families

As the fall term comes to an end, students may feel stressed or anxious about exams, interpersonal concerns or other events in their lives.

The university's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office is here to help. Its services are free to students and include individual or group counseling, consultation, mental health education and crisis services.

This fall, CAPS has expanded its drop-in services. Without making an appointment, students can attend daily "common concerns" meetings on topics like managing anxiety and problem-solving, as well as drop-in workshops on getting better sleep, procrastination and coping with finals.

Students can also drop in to learn more about individual or group counseling, or if they feel they are in crisis.

In addition to the direct services it provides, campus outreach is a key part of CAPS' work, explains Director Dr. Todd Sevig. CAPS partners with groups across U-M to reduce stigma about seeking mental health support, and to show faculty, staff and students how to recognize warning signs.

"The goal is to create a network so no student who wants or needs help is left to struggle alone," Sevig says.

For busy students or those simply interested in learning more about mental health, CAPS operates an online portal, MiTalk. Through MiTalk, students can access online depression and anxiety screening, skill-building tools to help manage stress and academic life, and relaxation exercises. They can also learn how to help friends struggling with anxiety, stress or depression, and find more information about CAPS' other services.

"We encourage the U-M community to 'do something' about college student mental health," says Assistant Director of Outreach and Education Dr. Christine Asidao. "Increase your awareness and learn how to help yourself or a friend through the array of resources CAPS and MiTalk have to offer."