U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

On February 6th, 2019, CAPS successfully hosted Play Day, our largest winter outreach event. This year’s theme focused on animation as students participated in different play activities connected to a specific animated movie. Activities included but were not limited to balloon animals, Legos, animation drawing, coloring, and Pokémon Go. Each activity was designed to promote psychological wellness such as relieving stress and boredom, creating social connections, and promoting joy. In order to make this event a success, CAPS collaborated with various community partnerships including student organizations (M-Draw and CAPS in Action), the College of Engineering, and Sherlock the therapy dog. In an environment created to cultivate positive feelings, students were able to gain the psychological benefits of play and connect to the present moment through reviving play in their lives.

  • The School of Engineering supplied over 650 slices of pizza
  • 97% of students that completed the survey reported being satisfied with Play Day
  • 98% of students that completed the survey reported gaining benefits from Play Day
  • 94% of students reported having fun and feeling happy as two of the benefits resulting from Play Day

Thank you to CAPS staff and community partners for helping to create such a joyful event!