U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

We are excited to share with you the latest results of the College Student Mental Health Survey (CSMHS)—a longitudinal survey study from random samples of all UM students, conducted by Counseling and Psychological Services since 2004. The survey aims at understanding mental health trends and needs among U-M students.  In addition, each phase of the survey has addressed featured topics to understand what is "underneath" anxiety, depression, etc. In the CSMHS Phase V, we have explored adaptive perfectionism (vs. maladaptive), self-compassion, and discriminatory experiences on campus in relation to students’ psychological concerns (i.e., depression, anxiety, academic concerns, substance use, and eating concerns). 

Read the Executive Summary HERE

Results indicated more beneficial psychological outcomes among adaptive perfectionists in comparison to maladaptive and non-perfectionists, as well as among students with high self-compassion. Furthermore, students who are adaptive perfectionists have higher levels of self-compassion. The impact of discriminatory experiences on campus on students’ mental health was also explored. The results show: 1. the more frequently students experience discrimination on campus, the higher the perceived stress; 2. the frequency of and levels of stress from discrimination are related to negative psychological outcomes (i.e., increased depression and anxiety), and 3. traditionally marginalized groups of students reported greater frequency of and stress from discrimination, indicating greater psychological vulnerabilities. 

We hope that our results can help inform future UM programming, thereby promoting psychological well-being among students and working towards a more equitable campus climate.

The full report is coming soon, please check back in with caps.umich.edu.