May 10, 2018
Topic: Human Resources
One in five Americans is affected by a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. To raise awareness about mental health in the United States, May is recognized as National Mental Health Month.
This month and year-round, MHealthy, the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office, the Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience, and U-M’s health plans offer mental and emotional wellness classes, counseling and other services, including:
• Mental and emotional wellness classes: Several free classes are being offered in May and June covering stress management, habits for happiness, and dealing with loss in health care. Departments and units can also request a workshop on a topic relevant to their area.
• In-person counseling: Confidential short-term counseling is always available to university faculty, staff, retirees and their adult family members at no charge.
Dearborn campus employees should call 313-593-5430.
• Online screenings: Confidential and anonymous online mental health screenings are available any time for conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol misuse, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants will receive an immediate result at the end of each screening to print and take to a counselor for further evaluation if necessary.
• Health plan benefits: All U-M health plans cover mental and behavioral health services like counseling, therapy and substance abuse treatment. For specific information on benefits, U-M Premier Care and GradCare members should call the behavioral health care phone number listed on the back of their insurance card. Members of the Community Blue PPO or Comprehensive Major Medical plans should call BCBSM customer service.
U-M identifies eight key dimensions of personal well-being that support the philosophy that many factors can influence well-being and an individual’s ability to achieve balance, purpose and vitality in career and at home.
A list of university resources is available on the MHealthy website for each area: physical, emotional and mental, environmental, financial, occupational, social, intellectual and spiritual.