U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

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.

Grief and Loss and COVID-19

The current global crisis brought on by COVID-19 has impacted every member of the University of Michigan community and we at CAPS acknowledge the profound influence it is having and will continue to have on our collective future. That said, a grief response is an entirely expectable and typical reaction, and in any endless number of ways. In fact, the “loss” is staggering and the expression “the whole world has changed” is not entirely inaccurate.

Autism Spectrum and COVID-19

During COVID-19 we are all facing a great deal of uncertainty and change. For many in the Autism community, disruptions caused by the pandemic may be particularly challenging. Students on the Autism Spectrum may be unnerved by changes in daily routine and environment, including adjustment to remote learning, and some may experience difficulty accessing needed services and accommodations. Additionally, those on the Autism Spectrum may be managing new social challenges as they learn new ways of interacting and communicating.

Anxiety and COVID-19

Anxiety is a natural reaction for many people during the current COVID-19 pandemic. People may experience worries about health (for ourselves and others), the future, financial situations, academic and work responsibilities, discrimination, and relationships with others. It is natural for these worries to arise in response to uncertainty. People may also experience racing thoughts, restlessness, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, increased heart rate, breathing problems, and/or nausea as part of feeling anxious that can be overwhelming and interfere with our daily life.