CAPS stands in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Islander Desi/American (APID/A) communities in the face of the most recent attacks, murders, and expressions of anti-Asian bias and violence. These acts of hate, in the context of the global pandemic, the attack on the US Capital, and acts of racial violence against Black communities are undoubtedly impacting the mental health and well-being of our student communities. Direct and indirect exposure to such events is troubling, concerning, and can be traumatizing and result in many emotional and physical reactions.
CAPS Embedded psychologist Laura Monshau was recently featured in a Rackham Graduate School Q&A on "Grad Student Well-Being." Dr. Monshau shares about common graduate students issues, resources, recommendations, and general reflections on grad school and mental health.
A message from UM-Ann Arbor President Mark S Schlissel focuses on the importance of the UM Community taking care of our mental health. President Schlissel wrote:
To All Members of the U-M Ann Arbor and Michigan Medicine Community:
A recent article entitled, "How College Students Can Find Mental Health Services On Campus," has featured CAPS Embedded Model and Wolverine Support Network. Find the full article HERE.
An excerpt from the article:
March 8th, 2016
CAPS Director, Todd Sevig Ph.D., shared an update to recent advances in providing support to UM students.
“We are the student counseling center,” he said. “We don’t exist just to exist for me, for the professional staff, and we don’t technically exist for the University. When we wake up in the morning our sole purpose is to care about is you, and your 43,000 other classmates.”
Dr. Sheryl Kelly, Coordinator of CAPS Inclusive Excelleance Initative, discussed CAPS support in a recent article, "False hate crime reports spur further concerns campus saftey and inclusivity" in the Michigan Daily.
A lot of students are being impacted by current events, so when they come in, I ask how they are doing in the current campus climate, Kelly said. We have many students that come in who specifically identify that as a problem.
CAPS was featured in a recent story reported by News 4 entitled "How to crush your fear of failure in college."
Find the full video HERE.
University of Michigan students were interviewed on topics including pressure, paying for college, and plans after graduation. In additon to many CAPS and campus resources, the report specifically featured the Stressbusters APP designed for UM students.
In a recent Michigan Daily article, "CAPS expands programs, releases new suicide prevention videos," Kaela Theut (Daily Staff Reporter), describes CAPS recent and previous work in suicide prevention at UM.
Theut shared highlights from the new videos released by CAPS, as well as comments from CAPS Coordinator of Suicide Prevention, Jamye Banks Ph.D.
On Novermber 3rd, 2016, the Michigan Daily covered CAPS efforts and perspective on election-related stress. In addition to interviewing students, two CAPS staff members offered their perspective on trends and support available on campus.
Mishelle Rodriguez, CAPS staff psychologist and Coordinator of Social Media, offers these thoughts:
On Monday, October 10th 2016, CAPS Director and Associate Director of Community Engagement and Outreach spoke to LSA Student Government about how students can continue to support mental health on campus. Students organized an entire day of mental health events, which ended with the panel.
Find more information about the panel and other events during the day as the Michigan Daily covered the event HERE