UPDATE: For the Fall semester, we will be offering virtual outreach presentations. We recommend that presentations be no longer than 45min-1hr. In addition to our regular programming, we will also offer topics focused on: CAPS 101 during COVID-19 and Self-Care during COVID-19. Please let us know your request, giving at least 3 weeks notice, and we'll be in touch. Due to CAPS staff meeting time, workshop presentations will not be held on Tuesdays from 10:30am-11:45am and Fridays from 9 am-11am.
CAPS Community Engagement and Outreach is multi-faceted and comprehensive. Simply, it's a way to reach all 46,000 of our University of Michigan students. Together, we can all change the story about college student mental health.
Outreach is about increasing college student mental health awareness through prevention, awareness, education and stigma reduction. Through outreach, CAPS staff are able to connect with the larger UM community and ultimately strengthen our “community of caring.”
We are essentially connecting with students who do not traditionally utilize individual or group therapy. These could include students who may want to know more about how to help a friend or students who may experience stigma about help seeking or students who may need support, but not necessarily counseling. CAPS creates a “web of support” not only for students, but also encourages staff and faculty involvement through a variety of education and prevention efforts.
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Thursday night, March 28, 2013 was a remarkable night as CAPS introduced a year long Messages of Hope project designed to try to "stop suicide and change the story"! The outer wall of the CAPS office now holds hundreds of wooden tiles with these messages of hope created by students, staff and faculty from all over our campus.
The CAPS Student Advisory Board (CAPS SAB) is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who advise CAPS on matters of mental health outreach to all students, provides input on various agency decisions, and is involved in staff searches.