U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Be where you are.  This simple truth can be a starting place for many during this global pandemic.  Observe, acknowledge, and be present with your emotions. You don't have to ignore or avoid the unpleasant, the disruption, the uncertainty.  You don't have to be where someone else is or where they tell you to be. There is great empowerment in simply naming your feeling and having it be yours.  Whether you are scared, hopeful, unsure, sad, angry, surprised, confused, thankful....all are acceptable.

And, we know that you don't have to BE your emotion.  We know emotions come and go, they are impermanent, and in the words of Harvard Medical School faculty Susan David they can be “data and not direction.”   

Dr. Todd Sevig, CAPS Director, gave this perspective as he was interviewed for the Mlive in the Ann Arbor news:

We have, ironically, a wonderful opportunity to capitalize on the ‘other side of the coin’ in this global pandemic — to augment how we are connected to each other, how we rely on each other, how important self-care and self-compassion is to our mental health; how altruism helps others and helps ourselves; and how we need to help each other and ourselves in order to have a mentally healthy community. - UM CAPS Director Todd Sevig. Find the full article HERE.

We will continue to do our best and be our best in sharing information like what you see below, but one of the truths we are reminded of more and more is that we are all connected.  We have been for a long time but may have lost some recognition along the way. In many ways, this is bringing us back to that reality.  

 

Resources From Around the Country

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, there are numerous websites being created around the country with informative resources to help you cope. It can feel daunting (or overwhelming) to wade through these to find accurate and helpful information. To get you started our staff has curated a selective list of quality and timely resources, which can be found below.  Keep checking this page for additional resources from around the country that CAPS staff would recommend checking out.   


Tips For All Of Us

While there are several ways our community continues to respond, we hope to highlight an area of concern (xenophobic and racial bias incidents), some strategies for coping, and recommendations for how to navigate increased media exposure.


Your Mental Health and COVID-19

UM CAPS wants to extend our support and commitment to the UM community as we navigate this difficult time in which so many individuals and communities are being impacted by COVID-19.  Students may have a variety of reactions including (but not limited to) fear, anxiety, stress, confusion, isolation, uncertainty, and depression.  Please check back in on this page as we add information on the following specific mental health concerns and the connection to COVID-19.


Mental Health Care Package: Coping with COVID 19

Just like you, the University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is venturing unto a new path, a new reality associated with COVID-19.  We wanted to reach out (virtually, of course! #PhysicalDistancing) and share ways in which to help take care of yourselves, no matter if you are in Ann Arbor or across the globe.


Online Anxiety Toolbox

This three session video workshop will focus on understanding anxiety, learning strategies to manage anxiety, and developing a plan to apply the strategies on a daily basis wherever you are during the Pandemic.


Part 1 (Workbook for video found HERE)


Anxiety Toolbox Part 1


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