About 75% of lifetime mental health problems will onset by the mid-20s, so that means that the college years are a very epidemiologically vulnerable time.

A 2022 survey by Gallup and the Lumina Foundation shows that 2 out of 5 undergraduate students say they frequently experience emotional stress while attending college. In the UofM 2021 Healthy Mind Survey, 56.8% of the students responded to the survey reported that worries get in the way of their success.

Now students are facing the added stress of a rapidly increasing cost of living and economic uncertainty. According to the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, recessions lead to poor mental health outcomes, especially for students. And we know that students from minority and disadvantaged populations are more likely to suffer from the effects of a struggling economy. In fact, 78.4% of the students seeking services at UofM Counseling Center indicated having significant financial distress.

But you can help.A gift to Student Health and Counseling Services will make a real difference for a student—ensuring their bright minds and innovative solutions can make a difference for the world.

With your support, SHCS provides physical and mental health care to help students cope. This includes individual and couples counseling, group sessions, access to licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselor, psychiatric nurse practitioner, general family nurse practitioners, registered nurses, case manager, and a mental health team as well as outreach and educational programs to create a healthy campus community.

In addition, you will help provide a wide array of programming that connects students with experts, peers, and supportive communities. It’s so important to make sure students are supported by those who have similar lived-experiences and shared identities.

Snapshot of Counseling Center current appointments

Five Year Appointments Trend
Five Year Crisis Appointment Trends

Student Outcomes

Comparison with national data (August 1, 2022-July 31, 2023)

  • Effectiveness in reducing client's depression, social anxiety, and eating concerns: top 15%
  • Effectiveness in reducing clients' academic distress: top 15%
  • Effectiveness in reducing client's overall distress index: top 15% in the nation

Feedback and evaluations of our prevention workshops

  • 97% indicated they benefited from the workshop and would likely use what they learned from the workshop
  • 99.6% indicated that after the workshop, they would start or continue to engage with or refer to Student Health and Counseling Services

Donation Impact

Your gift to UofM’s Health & Counseling Services Development Fund will make a direct impact in students’ lives. You will be helping someone who might be struggling with anxiety, depression, or financial stress—by supporting services that have been proven to make a difference.

We have seen more and more students seeking support post-pandemic. Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are the three most common issues being seen at the Counseling Center. Due to the demand, waiting times for an appointment are growing. That is why a gift from donors like you can make such a difference. Not only are you helping SHCS to provide free counseling, prevention, support services, and other interventions—you are showing students that they are not alone and there is a community out there that cares for them and wants to help them succeed.

Now, more than ever, it is vitally important that students can receive free and convenient help—wherever they are, whenever they need it. Please give today.