The world has changed in ways large and small. For those who could benefit from someone to talk to, support is available year-round for all faculty and staff on every campus and at Michigan Medicine.

Making sure that people are aware of all the resources available is a key goal of National Mental Health Month, observed each year in May.

“However you are feeling, you are not alone. You can find compassionate, confidential support here,” says Kelcey Stratton, program manager for Resiliency and Well-being Services at Michigan Medicine.

“There are a range of services to meet your needs and preferences, including phone sessions, virtual support groups, online screenings, and text-based stress support.

“It is normal and understandable to experience feelings such as sadness, anxiety, or frustration due to great change, uncertainty, grief and losses. We are here when you need us to listen and provide resources or guidance.”

As with physical well-being, mental health is a continuum. At any point in time, especially at this point in history, we all find ourselves at different states of emotional health. Some may be struggling, and some may be doing OK. No matter where one is on that continuum, the university offers support services.

Confidential short-term counseling is always available to university faculty, staff, retirees and their adult family members at no charge.

Michigan Medicine employees can contact the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience at 734-763-5409 or counseling@med.umich.edu or visit counseling.med.umich.edu.

This office also is coordinating the COVID-19 Stress Resource Team to respond to the needs of the Michigan Medicine community during the pandemic.

Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campus employees can contact the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office at 734-936-8660 or fascco@umich.edu or visit fascco.umich.edu.

Learn more about online screenings, health plan benefits and support groups and workshops for mental and emotional wellness at U-M’s National Mental Health Month website.

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