Find support for mental health at Michigan Medicine

May 17, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

If you are struggling with life’s challenges, you can find help at U-M. Support is available year-round to all faculty and staff on every campus and at Michigan Medicine. Helping you know about your resources is a key goal of National Mental Health Month, observed each year in May.

“We are here for you, for all the many ways that mental health shows up in your life,” said Kelcey Stratton, program manager for Resiliency and Well-being Services at Michigan Medicine. “Support, being heard and reaching out can change everything for you. It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out. We listen, offer guidance and are here when you need us.”

Like your physical well-being, mental health is a continuum. At any point in time, a person will find themselves at different states of emotional health. Some may be struggling, some may be doing okay and some may be thriving. No matter where you are on that continuum, the university offers services that can support you.

Counseling services for faculty and staff

Confidential, short-term, in-person 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

Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campus employees can contact the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office at 734-936-8660 or

Additional resources to support mental and emotional health

  • Online screenings: Confidential and anonymous online mental health screenings are available any time for conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and more.
  • Health plan benefits: All U-M health plans cover mental and behavioral health services like counseling, therapy and substance abuse treatment.
  • Mental and emotional wellness events: There are several support groups available throughout the year for those facing stress or life-changing events. In May, for instance, there is a series on grief and coping with loss in health care. Departments and units can also request a workshop on a topic relevant to their area.

“We hope that everyone can grow more comfortable with talking about mental health and emotional experience,” said Stratton. “Just checking in with someone and offering a moment of presence and empathy can be valuable to someone going through a difficult time.”