U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Faculty and Staff Guide For "Common Scenarios"

Students at the University of Michigan may experience a wide range of mental health issues during the course of their academic experience. As faculty members, teaching assistants, or staff members in academic departments, you may encounter students who need mental health support. Your role can be a positive and crucial one in identifying students who are in distress and assisting them to find the resources available to help.

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Liaison Program

CAPS Liaison Program

A liaison relationship is a mutual, ongoing, information exchange between a CAPS staff representative and a departmental unit or School/College within the campus community. These relationships facilitate open communication and resource sharing which ultimately increases the effectiveness of CAPS within the larger university.


Student Suggestions On How Faculty Can Support Mental Health

Faculty have an important role when it comes to supporting student mental health on campus.  Faculty are often seen as mentors, allies, and guides through a student's academic career and beyond.  For these reasons, it can be important for faculty to know UM campus resources and engage in our community of caring with regards to mental health.  

CAPS Student Advisory Board created the following list of ways that faculty can support their mental health:


Quick Tips for Reaching Out to a Student

If a student reaches out to you for help or you have decided to approach a student you are concerned about, here are some suggestions that might be useful as you meet with that student.

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Consultation Services

CAPS offers opportunities for staff and faculty members to consult with a CAPS staff member about any concerns about students or other issues that may arise.

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What to Do in an Urgent Situation With a Student

Sometimes an urgent situation involving a student might arise in your classroom, office, in your department lounge area, or when a student raises thoughts in writing that raise your level of concern.

 

 

 

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