May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Let's Be There for Each Other
This May, make a point to reach out to those in your life. Moments of connection can make a world of difference for our mental and emotional health. Because, just like your physical health, your mental and emotional health is an essential part of your overall wellness, deserving of your ongoing attention and care.
We're Here for You
If you or someone you know could use some extra support, you can find resources, events, and professional counseling here. Scroll on to see what's available.
Where to Start? Check-in with an Online Screening
How are you feeling today? As you navigate life's ups and downs, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, your energy level, and your overall mood each day. Just starting your day by asking yourself, “How am I doing today?” gives you a moment to focus on yourself. If you'd like to dig a little deeper, you could try an online mental and emotional health screening.
How Can You Feel Better? Talk with Someone
If you're having a tough time or just have some questions, talking to someone like a friend, or loved one can make a big difference. Or, perhaps you'd like to explore professional and confidential counseling. Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling & Workplace Resilience and Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office are here for you at no charge. If you'd like to see a counselor in your community, or online, all U-M health plans cover counseling.
Discussion Groups and Events
There are several special events, groups, and workshops planned in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.
- May 5: Community of Compassion: Support Colleagues through Difficult Times (Zoom Registration)
- Beginning May 5: Webinars and livestreams featuring experts from the Department of Psychiatry and the Eisenberg Family Depression Center
- Beginning May 10: Discussion groups for campus faculty and staff
- May 10 and 25: Connection and boundaries workshops
- Friday Zoom mindfulness and meditation sessions
- Grief Month Events at Michigan Medicine (open to all)
Show Your Support
Helping to support Mental Health Awareness Month is easy.
- Post this flier in your workplace.
- Use a peony-themed Zoom background. Here's an option with text to the side.
- Add this peony-themed wallpaper (text in the middle) to your mobile phone. Or chose this wallpaper with text at the top.