U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Mental health has been defined as:

  • the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities
  • fulfilling relationships with other people
  • the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity or difficult life situations

Although different cultures have differing expectations for health, many of the following characteristics are likely to be present in individuals with good mental health:

  • a sense of well-being and contentment
  • self-confidence and self-esteem
  • the ability to enjoy life, to laugh and have fun
  • being able to deal with life’s stresses and bounce back from adversity with some resiliency
  • the ability to change, grow, and experience a range of feelings, as life’s circumstances change
  • the ability to care for oneself and for others

Eating Issues

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that 25–31% of UM students engage in disordered eating behaviors
  • 6% of people struggling with eating disorders will not survive.
  • A dramatically increasing number of men suffer from eating disorders and body image issues.
  • Early detection of disordered eating and body image issues greatly increase the success of treatment.

An Invisible Epidemic

Video: Coping with Stigma

If you or a loved one has a mental illness, you know that these words and gimmicks aren't just harmless fun. Rather, they perpetuate the stigma attached to mental illness. Stigma is painful and shaming, but you can both cope with it and combat it.

Note: These are actors portraying real student stories.

Jason's Story - Bipolar

Does this sound like you?

“I’ve had times of feeling ‘down’ and sad most of my life. I used to skip school a lot when I felt like this because I just couldn’t get out of bed. At first I didn’t take these feelings very seriously.

“I also had times when I felt really terrific, like I could do anything. I felt really ‘wound up’ and I didn’t need much sleep. Sometimes friends would tell me I was talking too fast. But everyone around me seemed to be going too slow.