Before you get started ...Some law students worry that getting help in dealing with stress or other mental health issues will create problems in getting licensed by state bar organizations.
There is no need to be concerned about this. For more information, please read "Why Getting Professional Help During Law School Won't Prevent You From Getting a License to Practice Law."
Individual therapy, consultation, and outreach are now conveniently offered to enrolled law students by
Reena Sheth, PhD.
417 Hutchins Hallrpssheth@umich.eduHours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m
How to schedule your first visit:Email Reena Sheth at email@example.com to request an initial consultation. The initial meeting involves preliminary paperwork and consultation to determine the best way to meet your needs (60-minute appointment).
Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Suite 4079Phone: 734.764.8312 Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat-Sun Closed
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has a professional staff that includes social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and religious psychological counselors supplemented by student interns and peer counselors. Individual counseling is available to students for a wide range of personal and interpersonal concerns as well as for problem-solving and referral to other campus organizations. The agency also provides a variety of group experiences, including ongoing group counseling and workshops on such topics as assertion training and overcoming exam anxiety.
The Law School maintains a special relationship with a team of counselors that possesses a good knowledge of the Law School experience and its special academic and professional pressures. Hours are reserved for students who may otherwise experience difficulty scheduling appointments.
Next to Emergency Medicine at University Hospital1500 East Medical Center Drive24-hour crisis line: 734.996.4747
Phone: 734.936.5900Anyone seeking emergency psychiatric care can visit this 24-hour mental health crisis center or call the crisis line.
500 E. Washington St., Suite 100Phone: 734.764.3471 (appointment required)The
Psychological Clinic offers therapy for many difficulties and concerns, including, but not limited to, depression and anxiety, personal relationship problems, school and career difficulties, confusion or concern about sexual identities or preferences, problems dealing with an upsetting or traumatic event, and loss of a loved one or close relationship.
Assistant Dean for Student Life, Lindsey Stetson, 316 Hutchins Hall; 734.764.0516
Diane Nafranowicz, MSW, 734.764.1116
Law School difficulties can stem from academic as well as nonacademic problems. Lindsey Stetson and Diane Nafranowicz are available to the student community to provide counseling and advice. They encourage students to feel welcome to share their problems and concerns, large or small, whether or not they seem related to Law School. You may want to make one of their offices the first stop when you are experiencing distress or need help in finding appropriate resources.
The AODPP is a student-centered program that uses strategic interventions, collaboration, innovation to reduce the harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use.
Information about alcohol and other drug health concerns, educational initiatives, environmental strategies plus collaborative efforts between the UM campus and Ann Arbor community can be found
Wellness Coaching for Alcohol and Other Drugs is a two-session alcohol assessment and education program offered free to all University of Michigan students through University Health Services. This program is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment. The goals are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and harmful consequences of drinking.
Campus Mind Works was created to support University of Michigan students who have been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health disorder. This site provides information and resources to help students manage their illness, such as treatments, medications, insurance, and strategies for managing academic challenges. You will find an extensive, easy-to-search resource database with U-M and community support services and useful tools to help you stay healthy while facing the unique challenges of academic life.
Those who want to help a friend with a mental health problem can learn which strategies are most effective and which to avoid by clicking
Rachel Upjohn Building4250 Plymouth RoadAnn Arbor, MI 48105-2700Phone: 1.800.475.MICH (6424) or 734.936.4400The University of Michigan
Depression Center was created to fight depression and its cousin, bipolar disorder. You can find information and treatment options for these common disorders, as well as others, on their website.
Created by the professionals at the University of Michigan Depression Center, the nation’s first ever multidisciplinary center dedicated to depressive and bipolar illnesses, this site brings together world class resources from across the University of Michigan and the U-M Health System with a common purpose: to understand, diagnose, treat, and eventually prevent depression. You can visit this site
Additional resources can be found at
LawLifeline, an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health. LawLifeline is a project of
The Jed Foundation, the nation's leading organization working to protect the emotional health of America's college students, and was developed with input from leading experts in mental health and higher education.
Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program (LJAP) provides support to lawyers, judges, and law students who are dealing with mental illnesses, substance abuse, and other challenges in life. LJAP is especially well suited to help law students who are worried that their history of mental health and/or substance abuse–related incidents may be of concern to passing the Character and Fitness portion of the Bar exam, which is required to become a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan.
MiTalk (pronounced "My Talk") is a website created for University of Michigan students and is the place to start if you have concerns about the mental health of yourself or a friend. On this site you will find a number of mental health resources, including information about living with chronic health conditions, online screenings for depression and anxiety, skill-building tools to help you manage stress and academic life, and digitally recorded workshops, lectures, and some relaxation exercises that you can play on the website or download to your mp3 player.
The Rackham Graduate School has compiled a comprehensive listing of mental health resources, which you can access
The University of Michigan and its Law School take very seriously cases involving sexual assault or harassment. For information about the University's policy and relevant resources, click
Web site organizes the many resources available at the University of Michigan for student mental health and is intended for a variety of constituents -- students, faculty, staff, parents, family members, and loved ones. The site is one result of the Student Mental Health Work Group's (MHWG) ongoing effort to provide support and direction to work being done on campus to support student mental health in a variety of ways and through the dedicated efforts of many units on campus.
Counseling and Psychological Services sponsors several support groups on a variety of issues ranging from depression, chronic illness, LGBTQ, recovery and more. Click
here to view a list of groups.
Wellness coaching uses a person’s own motivations and strengths and supports behavior change(s) through a collaborative, non-judgmental partnership. Wellness coaches work with students to help them set and achieve wellness goals, balance dimensions of health and wellness, and learn resilience and coping skills for a well life. For more information, visit their
International students may experience some difficulties that are unique to them because of added pressure of adjusting to a new culture, language, and a different academic environment. For many international students,
counseling may not be a common practice. However, in the United States, counseling is becoming a more common way of dealing with personal stress and difficulties. All
U-M students have access to professional counselors. Talking with a professional counselor allows you the opportunity to discuss your concerns with someone in a safe, friendly, and culturally sensitive environment. Please see additional information just for international students here.
Sometimes you may need health services that you must pay for on your own. If so, and if you need financial assistance, please contact the Law School's Office of Financial Aid at 734.764.5289 or visit 2200 Jeffries Hall.
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