U-M Counseling and Psychological Services


2020 has been an especially challenging year. We are in the midst of navigating the election season while also managing the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, physical distancing, and remote learning. Engaging with the democratic process can be meaningful, but it can also be exhausting with heightened emotion and stress. We want to encourage you to regularly check-in with what you are experiencing, and develop a self-care plan that works for you. While this election season can present unique stressors, it is also an opportunity to practice important life skills including how to deal with difficult emotions and circumstances.

Pace yourself and manage your resources. This process will last for months during an already busy Fall semester.  Here are a few resources that may help:

CAPS Resources:

  • November 2nd-13th: Extra Availability for same-day urgent support between 9am-5pm for students needing to process election-related stress.  Call 734 764 8312 for support and please indicate your concerns are related to the Election.
  • October 26th and November 16th: Elect to Express workshop for students wanting to use expressive art as a means of processing complex feelings around our current climate.  Contact ashjacob@umich.edu
  • By Request: Healing Justice workshops focuses on holistic self-care for activists and change makers.  Fill out an outreach request HERE.
  • How To Manage Election-Related Stress
  • Self-Care Tips for Student Activists, Advocates, and Allies

Campus-Wide Resources