University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Many college students suffer from various psychological disorders. Here are some startling statistics that really speak for themselves: 

  • 26% students think about suicide to some degree
  • At UM CAPS, 38% of students have thought about or considered suicide.
  • At-risk groups reported significantly greater suicidal thoughts (this is not an exhaustive list):
    • ‚ÄčTransgender/gender-fluid gender identity 64%
    • Students with disability or disabilities 43%
    • Self reported GPA < 47%
    • Financial Stress 37-40%
  • 67% reports sometimes feeling isolated and alone
  • Suicide is the #2 leading cause of death for college students
  • Approximately 1,100 suicides on college campuses per year
  • 25% know of someone who has died as a result of suicide
  • 40% know of someone who has attempted
  • 0.6% of those 18 years and older attempted suicide. 7.5% of those 18-25 seriously considered suicide (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, 2013)

What do these statistics mean to you and how can we improve the mental health of students on college campuses?

At U of M, we are lucky enough to have CAPS at our disposal. CAPS is committed to creating an environment based on our values of multicultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical practices that allow our diverse student body to access care, receive high quality services and take positive pathways to mental health. We also strive to find creative ways of reaching out to students and the UM community to nurture and develop a proactive, renewed sense of engagement throughout the campus. 

I would like to open the discussion to the caucus to hear their opinions of mental health on college campuses. We go to a rigorous university and mental health takes a toll on a lot of students. A rigorous curriculum, tests, classes, extracurriculars can have a toll on one's mental health. 

Questions to Consider:

1. Does Michigan do a good enough job addressing mental health?

2. How can they improve?

3. What areas do they do a good job in?

4. Should more people take advantage of CAPS? 

5. Why are people embarrased to ask for help? How can this be fixed?