National Mental Health Month

Just like physical health, emotional well-being is an essential part of our overall wellness and needs attention and care. Being mindful of how you feel, being kind to yourself and regularly checking in with your emotions are just as important as eating right and staying active. 

Take a look at MHealthy’s Guide to Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This webpage is a collection of relevant resources and programs provided to support you every day (and it’s especially important now). This page will be regularly updated, so be sure to bookmark it and share it with your U-M colleagues. 

A wealth of services and resources are available through MHealthy, the Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling & Workplace Resilience, and the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office to support you at no charge. Mental and behavioral health services are also covered by your U-M health plan.

Two New Options! Text for Support and SilverCloud

Crisis Text Line® - Text “4UMICH” (for U-M campus faculty and staff) or “UMICH” (if you are a member of the Michigan Medicine community) to 741741 and connect to a trained crisis volunteer. Text responders are there 24/7 for support and to help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening. You need not be in crisis to use this service for support and there is no charge for this service. 

SilverCloud is an online mental health tool that offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, resilience, or insomnia. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles, the self-guided program is available anytime, on any device. Aimed at helping to address mild to moderate issues, SilverCloud allows individuals to manage day-to-day stressors personally and anonymously. Initiated by the College of Engineering, SilverCloud is now available to all faculty, staff, and students at no cost. https://umich.silvercloudhealth.com/signup

Benefits Coverage Update

The university has added and expanded its benefits to cover the mental-health costs of telehealth services through June 30, 2020. Members’ cost-share, copay, and coinsurance has been waived for virtual (telemedicine) mental-health appointments for individual psychiatric and psychotherapy visits. However, copays apply to group psychotherapy services and autism services that can be appropriately delivered through telemedicine.