U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) created this space to acknowledge that while student life can be consuming due to academic demands, being a student is only one aspect of an individual’s identity. The current events of the world beyond, and within, the University of Michigan campus continue to evolve and shape the lived experience of us all. As a result, we think that it is important for the university community to remain aware of global, national, and local events, especially those that might impact the campus community and students’ daily life, health, and wellness.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) affirms diversity, is committed to providing culturally competent services, and works to condemn oppression in every form. Now we have created this webpage to acknowledge current issues, offer support, and provide information that matches our commitment to fostering diversity and the inclusion of all students who are navigating the events of a very complex world.

Spotlight on 2019

 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) affirms diversity, is committed to providing culturally competent services, and works to condemn oppression in every form. Now we have created this webpage to acknowledge current issues, offer support, and provide information that matches our commitment to fostering diversity and the inclusion of all students who are navigating the events of a very complex world.

Below are the responses to events that occurred in 2019:


Spotlight on 2018

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) affirms diversity, is committed to providing culturally competent services, and works to condemn oppression in every form. Now we have created this webpage to acknowledge current issues, offer support, and provide information that matches our commitment to fostering diversity and the inclusion of all students who are navigating the events of a very complex world.

Below are the responses to events that occurred in 2018:


A Response To Hate

UM CAPS wants to extend our support and our work and our commitment to the UM student community as we all navigate the acts of hate that occurred last week in Louisville on October 24th where two African American individuals and in Pittsburgh October 27th when 11 Jewish individuals were senselessly targeted and lost to acts of violence.


Spotlight on 2017

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) affirms diversity, is committed to providing culturally competent services, and works to condemn oppression in every form. Now we have created this webpage to acknowledge current issues, offer support, and provide information that matches our commitment to fostering diversity and the inclusion of all students who are navigating the events of a very complex world.

Below are the responses to events that occurred in 2017:


Incidents of Race-Based Hate

CAPS strongly speaks out against racism, prejudice, and hate in all forms because it is ultimately destructive to our individual and collective mental health. Recently, several incidents of race-based hate have occurred at the University of Michigan and in Ann Arbor.  This mirrors incidents that have recently occurred around our region of Michigan and around the country.  Racist graffiti was found on a mural in downtown Ann Arbor and the residence hall door name tags of three Black students at the University of Michigan were vandalized with racist language.


#WeStandWithDreamers

On September 5, 2017 it was announced that the federal government plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which has caused concern for many across the country. This decision will have serious implications for many individuals, including our University of Michigan students, who are either directly or indirectly impacted by this policy. We in CAPS want to clearly say that DACA students are welcomed and valued members of our campus community, and we support them and their presence on this campus.




A Letter from CAPS

Dear UM Student:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) acknowledges how painful the multiple acts of hate and racism over the past few weeks have been for our UM community. Each one of you belongs at the University of Michigan. You are essential, vital to this community, and you matter.  In light of these events, we have expanded our CAPS services in response to your emotional needs.


The Violence Needs to End

CAPS stand in solidarity with all individuals and communities who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the numerous tragedies and lives lost this year by senseless, unthinkable acts of hate and violence.  We continue, as a community to mourn the loss and irrational deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile whose lives were tragically taken on July 5th and July 6th .   We also mourn the loss of the five police officers that were killed, and express empathy towards several others who were injured on July 7, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  


Acknowledging the Threats to our Democracy

In light of the significant disruption in the United States Capitol, CAPS extends our support to all of us as these events can affect our mental health.  And, some of us are greatly affected. These threatening and violent acts are disturbing, and the difference in responses between January 6th, 2021, and over the summer with Black Lives Matter protests is noticeable and hurtful to our progress as a society.


"I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired”*

Our collective mental health depends on our acknowledgement and affirmation that "Black Lives Matter" because the dignity and worth of every life demands this be true. The need to affirm that “Black Lives Matter,” demonstrated in frequent protests, says a lot about who we are, our culture, and our society. We at CAPS believe the outrage is real, warranted, necessary, and brave. We would like to acknowledge the emotions that our UM community is experiencing after the senseless killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery.


March 16th Campus Emergency: Psychological Impact and Recovery Strategies

We at CAPS would like to acknowledge the distressing events of March 16th and validate the many reactions within our UM community. Although the active shooter threat was false, the instinct for survival and concern for one’s own safety, as well as the safety of others was not.  This experience was very real for those who ran and barricaded themselves in rooms around the Diag, as well as for those who were fearing for friends and colleagues.


Standing With Charlottesville, Standing Against Hate

In the aftermath of the horrific display of hatred, violence, group supremacy and domestic terrorism by White supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, we at CAPS are aware of the impact this has on our students and our community (even though it is Summer and many are away from campus).


Spotlight on 2016

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) affirms diversity, is committed to providing culturally competent services, and works to condemn oppression in every form. Now we have created this webpage to acknowledge current issues, offer support, and provide information that matches our commitment to fostering diversity and the inclusion of all students who are navigating the events of a very complex world.

Below are the responses to events that occurred in 2016:


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