August 26, 2020

Take care: Free wellness services available

A student accessing wellness services via phone.

With the 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.” 

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.

Mental health

Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS staff are working remotely and ready to help. If you're experiencing fear, stress or anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help. CAPS offers telemental health services to currently registered WSU students using the Microsoft Teams app. To work remotely with a CAPS counselor, download the Teams app to your computer or smartphone, then call 313-577-3398. CAPS counselors are available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the CAPS website for more details. 

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.

Mental Health and Wellness Clinic

The College of Education's Mental Health and Wellness Clinic offers programs in various, overlapping areas of mental health theory and practice, including art therapy, clinical mental health counseling, counseling psychology, and school counseling. Clinicians-in-training provide free services under the full supervision of licensed faculty. All sessions are offered via telephone, FaceTime or Zoom. Visit go.wayne.edu/mhawc to learn more and to make an appointment. 

WSU Psychology Training Clinic

The WSU Psychology Training Clinic provides mental health services, especially psychotherapy and psychological assessment, for a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use, and relationship conflict. Free services are provided to WSU students by graduate students supervised by clinical psychology faculty. To learn more about available services or to make an appointment, call 313-577-2840.

Virtual Warrior Chat

The Warrior Chat program provides free, non-clinical peer counseling to all currently enrolled students, will offer virtual sessions. Stay tuned for more information about fall scheduling, which will be available at the end of September. 

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.

Food insecurity

The W Food Pantry

The W will be open weekly for food distribution Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m during the fall semester, beginning August 30. 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. Please complete a client intake form prior to picking up a bag to help expedite service. 

The Warrior Meal Share Program

The Warrior Meal Share Program supports currently enrolled students by providing meal swipes to reduce food insecurities. Meal swipes are shared by WSU students with meal plans who donate their guest meal swipes. Students who could benefit from the program should complete this form and then visit The W Food Pantry to pick up a meal card. Learn more about how to use your meal plan or to donate meal swipes here

Physical health

Campus Health Center

The Campus Health Center (CHC) continues to provide valuable health care information and resources. They recently launched an “Ask-an-Expert” engagement form that allows the Wayne State community to ask specific questions anonymously. A qualified health care provider will respond on CHC’s social media platforms the Wednesday following the form’s submission.

While the form is a fun way to engage with the CHC, it is meant to help guide conversations with health care providers, not replace them. The CHC is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to - 5:30 p.m. and can see patients for physical appointments, as well as telehealth (phone) and telemedicine (video) appointments. Contact the CHC with any questions or for more information at 313-577-5041.

The CHC has made valuable health care information and resources available on their Health Programming webpage. 

Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center

The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center (RFC) is open, with limited capacity and new guidelines. The RFC has a full slate of virtual programming on their Active at Home page. The RFC also offers a variety of intramural sports