Health & Wellness


Individual Counseling Services

OGPS offers trainees short-term individual counseling on personal, emotional, family and academic/workplace issues. Individual counseling services provided by our office are intended to be solution-focused. Usually, clients are seen for up to six counseling sessions a year, depending on the situation. Not sure if counseling or mental health services are right for you? You can try using this online screening tool to check your symptoms and find out when it might be time to seek professional help.

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Our wellness counselors provide counseling services to all OGPS Trainees for FREE.

Our Trusted Mental Health & Wellness Counselors

Additional Options for 1-on-1 Counseling

Graduate students not only have this as an option, but also Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which serves all students on campus. Michigan Medicine postdocs may alternatively visit the Office of Workplace Resilience.

Wellness Yoga

OGPS and the Wellness Committee is pleased to offer FREE weekly yoga classes to OGPS-affiliated students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Classes are led by a certified instructor.

Copy this link and add it to your Umich Google Calendar Mondays @ 7:30 pm and Thursdays @ 6 pm.

Wellness Committee

The Health and Wellness Committee at the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies was formed to help identify the health and wellness needs of our graduate students, postbac trainees, postdocs, and faculty. They meet monthly to identify new resources, discuss possible programming, and problem solve ways to support the various dimensions of health and well-being for all of those associated with OGPS. If you’re interested in getting involved, consider filling out the committee form.

About OGPS Health & Wellness

We encourage our trainees, faculty, and staff to embrace the concept that thriving in life goes beyond being successful in their studies, research, and careers. Personal well-being is a journey, with many aspects to consider. Through a holistic approach that recognizes the many dimensions of wellness, everyone can achieve personal and mindful awareness that is directly connected to thriving, both now and in the future.




Additional Wellness Resources

Local & Nation-Wide Wellness Resources
Community Providers Database is a searchable listing of off-campus mental health care providers.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides consultation and counseling for all students at the University of Michigan. For urgent concerns, walk-in services are available, or call 734-764-8312 for 24/hour phone support. Services are free and confidential.

The University Psychological Clinic provides psycho-educational evaluations and evidence-based psychotherapy to students and faculty at the University of Michigan as well as members of the local community and southeast Michigan. They are a Blue Care Network provider, including UM Premier Care and GradCare.

Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) provides counseling for faculty, staff, and postdocs.

Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience provides mental health counseling, grief and loss counseling, and more for Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, and postdocs.

Dr. Laura Monschau is the embedded counselor at Rackham Graduate School dedicated to serving graduate students.

Online screening for common mental health concerns are available for free, 24/7. Participants will receive immediate results to print and bring to a counselor for further discussion if indicated.

PhD Balance is an online community offering webinars, conversation forums, and resources to empower students to grow their own resilience and work towards success in and after their graduate training.

Article: What Colleges Must Do to Promote Mental Health for Graduate Students – University of Michigan School of Public Health (2018)

MiTalk is a website for UM students with mental health resources such as online screenings for depression and anxiety, skill-building tools, recorded workshops, lectures, and relaxation exercises. You can sort by resources catered to your identity, barriers your facing, and more.

Tips for Helping a Friend in need. What to look for, how to help, and conversation starters.

The University’s Abuse Hurts initiative is a cross-campus collaboration promoting prevention of and effective response to domestic or intimate partner abuse and sexual violence affecting members of the university community.

University Health Service Wellness Coaching for undergraduate and graduate students. Free 1:1 coaching conversation available to help students who are feeling stuck or want to work through barriers to achieve overall wellness.

National Institute of Mental Health offers a wide variety of information including information on anxiety disorders and fact sheets regarding students and depression.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is staffed with trained volunteers, day and night. Online chat or call 1-800-273-TALK.

Trans Lifeline is staffed by trained transgender volunteers. Call 877-565-8860.

If you are experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, call 911.

Mindfulness lists places you can learn and practice.

There is a Meditation Room on the 6th floor of THSL open for all to use.

MHealthy offers meditation classes for a small fee for faculty, staff, students, and the public.

Wellness Coaching is a free 1:1 service for undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about how to incorporate mindful strategies into your life!

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Coping with Stress
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PhD Balance is an online community offering webinars, conversation forums, and resources to empower students to grow their own resilience and work towards success in and after their graduate training.

Wellness Coaching is a free 1:1 service for undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about how to reduce stress and incorporate mindful strategies into your life!

CAPS offers graduate student support groups, lunch series, and workshop opportunities to help you connect with others and overcome barriers.

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