As National Mental Health Month continues throughout May, all faculty and staff now have access to two new resources — a texting service and an online-mobile app program.
These options are in addition to the wide range of personal counseling services, online screenings and expanded health-care plan support available to the U-M community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. Initiated by the College of Engineering, SilverCloud is now available to all faculty, staff and students at no cost.
SilverCloud is not meant to replace existing services, but rather to serve as an additional, time-flexible option for those who wish to manage day-to-day stressors personally and anonymously.
The Crisis Text Line is available by texting “4UMICH” (for U-M campus faculty and staff) or “UMICH” (for members of the Michigan Medicine community) to 741741. Text responders are trained volunteers, there 24/7 for support by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening. Callers need not be in crisis to use this service for support and there is no charge.
In addition to the new resources, the U-M community can access several resources during this time:
- Virtual support groups and workshops from the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office.
- MHealthy’s guide to well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Michigan Medicine employees and their families can find compassionate and confidential support through the COVID-19 Stress Resource Team.
Learn more about online screenings, health plan benefits and virtual support groups and workshops for mental and emotional wellness at U-M’s National Mental Health Month website.