EMU Information / EMU Resources / Pro Tips / September 17, 2014


Academic success is about more than just showing up to class and doing well on tests. One of those facets is maintaining good mental health. Fortunately, all enrolled EMU students have free access to Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, located right on campus at the Snow Health Center.

CAPS is dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of EMU students.  Our caring staff provides free individual, group, and couples therapy using a short-term model.  Medication management with our staff psychiatrist is also available for a fee.  All of these services are confidential.  CAPS also serves the EMU community by providing educational workshops, outreaches, consultation to faculty and staff, and training to master’s and doctoral students in the mental health professions.

There are also a variety of services that CAPS offers, from mental health screenings, to group sessions meeting about specific topics to one on one therapy. Throughout the semester, they also sponsor workshops, like Feeling Better 101. This workshop is designed to teach skills to help cope with stress and generally improve your mood. Other groups are drop in groups like Mindful Being, a weekly meditation group that meet weekly on Thursdays at 12:10. You could also stop in at Soul Speak: Women of Color Support Group, which connects women of color at EMU to one another and a wider community at large. Soul Speak meets every Thursday at 2 in the Kiva Room on the 3rd floor of the Student center.

So why come to CAPS? There are many reasons EMU students come to CAPS for counseling.  Common examples include the desire to:

  • Decrease anxiety or worry
  • Reduce feelings of sadness or depression
  • Learn how to cope with stress
  • Deal with relationship problems
  • Change behaviors that get in the way of academic success
  • Cope with the death of a friend or family member
  • Manage thoughts about suicide
  • Reduce self-harm
  • Discuss eating or alcohol problems
  • Manage concerns relating to sexuality
  • Recover from past abusive experiences
  • Get help adjusting to life in a new culture
  • If you just need someone to talk to


One of the biggest improvements in CAPS services comes this year in the form of a 24 hour crisis line. Before, if CAPS was closed or the school was on holiday there was no one at the other end of the line. Now students have 24 hour access to mental health professionals. This line is available 24/7, even when the University is closed. Simply call 734-487-1118 and follow the automated tree to reach a live and local mental health professional.

A 2005 longitudinal study reported in the Journal of School Health showed that programs that strengthen students’ social, emotional, and decision-making skills also have a positive impact on their academic achievement, both in terms of higher standardized test scores and better grades. Not only can CAPS help you mentally and emotionally, it can help academically.

To find out more about caps, you can visit their website at http://www.emich.edu/caps/index.php

Or call the 24 hour CAPS line: 734-487-1118

Or stop by during office hours, weekdays 8am-5pm, 313 Snow Health Center

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