Take a Few Minutes to Check in with Your Mood

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National Depression Screening Day is October 5. It raises awareness about the widespread impact of clinical depression, a medical illness affecting an estimated 1 in 5 American adults during their lifetime. It is also a reminder of the importance of mental and emotional health for overall wellness.

“Stress, sadness, mood swings, and anxiety can be part of the normal ups and downs of life,” says Kelcey Stratton, Chief Behavioral Health Strategist. “When these feelings become pervasive and prolonged or begin to affect your work or personal life, an online screening can be a good first step in finding support.”

Online Screenings and Resources

Confidential online mental health screenings are available at any time for all members of the university community. They only take about 10 minutes to complete and you can select topics like depression, anxiety, anger management, and other mental health concerns. Screenings are a good way for a person to check in with their mood and thoughts and receive immediate results and suggestions for additional support if needed. 

The Depression Center’s online toolkit provides information, tools, support, and resources to guide individuals through their mental health journey. It offers help to family members and caregivers of those who suffer from mood disorders, and all people who wish to better understand depression and bipolar disorder.

Counseling Services

Confidential short-term counseling is available to university faculty, staff, and students at no charge.

  • Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campus employees contact FASCCO at 734-936-8660, email [email protected], or visit fascco.umich.edu.
  • Michigan Medicine employees, contact the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience at 734-763-5409, email [email protected], or visit counseling.med.umich.edu.
  • Students, contact CAPS at 734-764-8312 or visit the CAPS website at caps.umich.edu.
  • For longer-term care and for the general public, The Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) Psychological Clinic and University Center for the Child and Family provide long-term and short-term individual therapy, group therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, and more. It is a fee-for-service clinic that accepts some insurance plans. University affiliation is not required. For more information visit the MARI website.

Health Plans for Mental Health Care

All U-M health plans cover mental and behavioral health services like counseling, therapy, and substance abuse treatment. If you need help finding a provider, your doctor and your health plan can be great resources to help you get started.

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