U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

BLUE Logs is a platform where students can share their stories of mental health struggles and help let others know they are not alone to help decrease stigma around mental health. Be on the lookout for future articles!

If you are interested in submitting a piece to BLUE Logs, please refer to the criteria below and the revision process before submitting.

  • Written Submissions
    • Criteria
      • 1 You are a University of Michigan student (undergraduate, graduate student, etc.).
      • 2. Your story pertains to the topic of mental health and ultimately has an uplifting message.
      • 3. Your story is under 1500 words (approximately 1-3 pages single-spaced).
      • 4. All names of people in your story are changed for anonymity.
    • Approval Process and Revision
      • Within a week of submission, CAPS in Action will reach out to confirm that we have received your piece. The Projects Committee will review your piece and let you know what further actions should be taken. If accepted, you will receive an email with our editing suggestions in order to preserve the original voice of your piece while ensuring that it is appropriate for potential readers. During this time we will also be communicating with CAPS counselors to ensure that the piece meets CAPS guidelines. Once both you, the Projects Committee, and the CAPS counselors are satisfied with the final piece, it will be uploaded.
  • Artwork, Music & Miscellaneous Submissions
    • Criteria
      • 1 You are a University of Michigan student (undergraduate, graduate student, etc.).
      • 2. Your submission pertains to the topic of mental health, ultimately has an uplifting message, and is not explicitly graphic.
    • Approval Process
      • Within a week of submission, CAPS in Action will reach out to confirm that we have received your piece. Your submission will be reviewed by both the CAPS in Action Projects Committee and CAPS staff, in order to ensure that it meets CAPS guidelines. Once both the Projects Committee and CAPS staff approve the piece, it will be uploaded to the blog.
  • Things to Know Before Submission
    • When you submit to BLUE Logs, your story will have the option of remaining anonymous (i.e. there will be no identifying information about you on our website). You are welcome to change this at any time. With that in mind, if you are willing to share some parts of your identity (for example, name or initials, year, major, interests, etc) we believe it may help the audience better connect to your writing and thus strengthen the impact of your piece. However, if you wish to remain anonymous, we at CAPS in Action will respect and uphold your decision. We also ask that you provide no identifying information about other people who may be in your story and that all names be changed.
    • You will be asked to sign a consent waiver with the following information:
      By checking the box below, I confirm that I understand that my piece will remain anonymous and that no information that could identify me as the author will be revealed on the blog unless I choose to divulge such details. This story, if selected, will be published online on the BLUE Logs page in the CAPS website, and it can be removed from the site at any time if I or CAPS staff wish. If my piece is selected for publication, I agree to allow authorized CAPS In Action and CAPS staff to review my piece for editing purposes, including, but not limited to, correcting conventional errors, enhancing clarity, and ensuring that the piece is in line with the blog’s vision. I understand that although CAPS In Action will be in correspondence with me during the editing process, my identity will remain hidden to all except my primary correspondent (i.e. the CAPS in Action Projects Committee Chair) and CAPS staff, who will keep that information private.
      If you have any questions or concerns about this, please reach out before submitting.

When you’re ready to submit, click this link!    

Please contact capsinaction@umich.edu if you have any questions or check out the FAQ page!

If you are in need of immediate mental health services, please refer to this link.