U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

College students at the University of Michigan may experience a great deal of stress during the course of their academic experience. As faculty members, teaching assistants, or staff members particularly involved with student services, you may encounter distressed students. Your role can be a positive and crucial one in identifying students who are in distress and assisting them to find the resources available to help themselves.

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Consultation Services

CAPS offers opportunities for staff and faculty members to consult with a CAPS staff member about any concerns about students or other issues that may arise.

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Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Gain tools to help a student in distress through QPR training. In order to strengthen U-M’s “community of caring,” CAPS researched systematic, college-appropriate programs focused on suicide prevention and chose to proceed with QPR, a community-based, nationally-recognized and empirically-based suicide prevention program. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer.

Helping a Student in Distress

Students dealing with personal concerns and in distress typically show some outward signs that they are struggling in some way.  All of us experience life’s “ups and down,” but significant distress experienced over a period of time may suggest a more serious problem.   There are different levels of distress and these can be represented through a continuum.

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Liaison Program

The purpose of the liaison program is to personally connect with units across campus, serve as consultants and referral sources to individuals who are seeking advice regarding a student in need of CAPS services, and to regularly share general information about CAPS.

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For Parents and Loved Ones

Our goal is to provide you with information and support that might assist you in helping your family member who may need mental health services while they are a student at the University of Michigan.



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Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 4:16pm