U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Embedded in Rackham

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. 

Compassion, Balance, Hope, Community

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:

Michigan Daily Reports: CAPS Continues to Add Resources

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.”

Michigan Daily reports CAPS Offers Resources During "Post-Election" Bias Incidents

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.

Michigan Daily Features CAPS Suicide Prevention

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.

Election Stress: Michigan Daily Article

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:

CAPS Panel for World Mental Health Day

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

Solidarity with the Asian Pacific Islander Desi/American (APID/A)  Communities

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.

Seasonal Affective Disorder on Campus

THIS Michigan Daily article featured CAPS support to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.  The Daily interviewed two CAPS staff on the topic, Dr. Vicki Hays and Dr. Jim Dolan. 

Dr. Vicki Hays shared the following regarding SAD:

Imposter Syndrome at UM

The Michigan Daily surveyed 400 students with a focus on imposter syndrome.  The survey looked at how UM students compare themselves to others in relation to intelligence.  In THIS ARTICLE, Dr. Christine Asidao was featured as an expert from CAPS.

Holiday Disruptions

The pandemic has caused major disruptions in planning for holidays, and school breaks this year. While going home may be the option for some students, others may have plans to stay put. Whether you plan to go home, or stay in Ann Arbor there are different ways you can enjoy this time. If you are alone, or unable to visit family you regularly would, try a virtual dinner party.