The University of Michigan believes in providing a comprehensive experience to all students, because beyond the classroom, wellness, support and DEI programs help develop the whole student. That did not change when the coronavirus pandemic hit. Since then, Student Life services, programs and events have gone virtual so that we can continue to safely connect and make a positive impact on the lives of U-M students. Here’s a look at what’s available for your student:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which provides activities and services that strengthen our student mental health, switched to 100 percent virtual services including tele-counseling, crisis support, and virtual outreach.
Committed to creating an environment based on multicultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical practices, CAPS’s Virtual Front Desk is open to assist with your students’ needs Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. CAPS After Hours Urgent Support remains an option for urgent support when CAPS is not open.
SilverCloud -- CAPS recently launched a new online mental health tool for the well-being of the U-M community. The new tool, SilverCloud, is accessible via the CAPS website.
SilverCloud is an online platform that offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, resilience, or insomnia. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles, the self-guided program is available anytime, on any device. This adds to the many existing supports in CAPS, UHS, SAPAC, and SSD.
The resource is especially helpful to students -- so many of whom are in remote locations (in Ann Arbor or elsewhere in the country and world), in different time zones. SilverCloud can be accessed 24/7 and can be used whenever students want, at their own pace.
SilverCloud is not meant to replace existing services in any way, but rather to serve as an additional, time-flexible option for those who wish to manage day-to-day stressors personally and anonymously.
The website provides an overview of options and a brief quiz to help students find the right program to get started. Once they have selected a program, they can explore more topics on the signup page. Using the resource, students can help manage day-to-day stresses and anxiety, improve resilience, learn skills to understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The Spectrum Center, which works to enrich the campus experience and help students of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions to develop individuals, offers a number of services and events to create an inclusive campus community free of discrimination. At the onset of COVID-19, Spectrum implemented Virtual Drop-In Hours.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) provides a wide array of supportive services for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and gender-based harassment to help them grow, heal, and share their stories. Through individual support and advocacy, peer led support groups, and community education and training. SAPAC staff are still working and meeting with students and others by phone and through video conferencing. SAPAC can be reached by email at email@example.com or call 734-764-7771. If you need to talk with someone after hours, please call our 24/7 Crisis Line at 734-936-3333.
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) also offers virtual appointments. From events to promote social listening and new ways to bring students into the community to cultural and educational programming that fosters diversity and inclusion, MESA continues to encourage students through the lens of race and ethnicity. Email MESA at firstname.lastname@example.org