March 20, 2020

Take care: Warrior Wellness goes virtual

A student accessing wellness services via phone.

With the recent shift to online classes, major disruptions in daily activities and ongoing social distancing, students have been required to adapt quickly to a variety of issues they never anticipated. Balancing these changes in times of uncertainty can be challenging, and Wayne State University remains committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to support the health and well-being of the campus community.

“Wayne State is a caring community, and the university’s faculty and staff have been working around the clock to adapt and continue our services in this uncertain time,” said Dean of Students David Strauss. “We know that together we will work through these challenges, because together we are Warrior Strong.” 

Virtual Warrior Chat

The new Warrior Chat program, which launched in February to provide free, non-clinical peer counseling to all currently enrolled students, will offer virtual sessions. Students can schedule a chat online

Warrior Chat is a collaboration led by the Dean of Students Office (DOSO), the College of Education's Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations Division and Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  Peer counselors include graduate students in the Counselor Education and School and Community Psychology program. 

Common Warrior Chat topics include, but are not limited to, living situations, roommate problems, academic stress, career goals, changes in relationships, a loss of interest in activities, homesickness, student basic need support services, family stress, and issues related to culture and identity.

Counseling and Psychological Services

All CAPS staff are working remotely and remain available to help. Consultations can be accessed at 313-577-3398, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, a student experiencing a crisis outside of regular hours can call 313-577-9982. CAPS is reviewing the implementation of phone and video-based counseling services.

CAPS, which is comprised of a fully accredited network of licensed professional counselors, psychologists and social workers, is prepared to help address a range of concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, time management, self-care, suicide prevention, grief and loss, life changes, relationship concerns, test anxiety and academic stress, self-esteem, and body image issues.

As always, members of the Wayne State community are encouraged to file a CARE Report if they are concerned about the well-being of a student or colleague.

The W Food Pantry

The W will be open weekly for food distribution on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. The W has switched to prepackaged bags and will practice social distancing upon clients’ arrival to the pantry. Clients are asked to sit on the bench upon arrival, and staff will assist you promptly.