November 19, 2021

Take care: Wellness resources available

As the semester progresses, Wayne State University students are encouraged to be mindful of their own wellness. Balancing school, work, and community and social commitments can be challenging, especially in times of uncertainty. WSU remains committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to support the health and well-being of the campus community.

“When someone feels their best — physically, mentally, emotionally — they’re going to be their best,” said Dean of Students David Strauss. “Wayne State has a vast network of resources to help support our students’ well-being so that they can be the best possible versions of themselves as students, friends, family members, co-workers and members of the broader community.” 

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.

Basic needs

The W Food Pantry and Wardrobe

The W Food Pantry provides currently enrolled students with supplemental food, personal hygiene products, housewares and more. The W is open weekly for food distribution Monday through Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. during the fall semester. Students can complete a client intake form prior to visiting to help expedite service. 

Additionally, students are invited to visit the new Warrior Wardrobe — part of The W — for gently used clothing, including casual and professional items. The Warrior Wardrobe is also open Monday through Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.

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 how to donate meal swipes here

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Caseworkers from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are available on campus to help students with applying for state and federal benefits, including Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP), state emergency relief (rental assistance, transportation assistance, burial assistance, etc.), child care assistance, and more. Caseworkers are available every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Welcome Center. Learn more about how to access on-campus MDHHS services.

Transportation

Wayne State students can take advantage of free transportation options through partnerships with DDOT, SMART, MoGo and the QLine. WSU will subsidize four-hour Dart and annual MoGo passes for all enrolled students, allowing them to ride DDOT and SMART buses, the QLine streetcar, and MoGo bikes at no cost. To request a Dart eligibility code and sign up for a free annual MoGo pass, please visit go.wayne.edu/waynerides or the Parking and Transportation website.

Mental health

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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 screening and virtual drop-in sessions

Not sure how you are doing mentally?  Try the free, anonymous mental health screening on the CAPS homepage for a “checkup from the neck up” recommendation based on your symptoms. Students can also participate in a private, virtual drop-in consultation with a professional counselor to receive information on resources, immediate problem-solving, and support related to stress, academic concerns, career questions, peer pressure, relationship issues, or anxiety in a Let’s Talk session on Zoom.

Group counseling

CAPS also offers group counseling sessions and workshops on a variety of topics, including well-being and mindfulness, coping with loss or loneliness, stress management, and more.

Individual counseling

CAPS also offers telehealth services — including individual counseling — to currently registered WSU students using the Microsoft Teams app. The wait time between your initial consultation at CAPS (the initial consultation) and when your assigned counselor contacts you to arrange your first counseling session is currently averaging 14 days; the estimated maximum time is approximately 5 weeks.

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. for initial consultation. Visit the CAPS website for more details. 

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 Wayne State students by graduate students supervised by clinical psychology faculty members. To learn more about available services or to make an appointment, please call 313-577-2840.

Physical health

Campus Health Center (CHC)

The Campus Health Center continues to provide valuable health care information and resources. Students are eligible for one free illness visit per semester. The CHC offers many services related to acute illness (the flu, a stomachache, a rash, etc.), chronic illnesses (asthma and diabetes), and preventive and routine health care services. The CHC also provides free COVID-19 testing, as well as COVID-19 and flu vaccines

The CHC also hosts Ask an Expert, in which students can ask specific questions anonymously and a qualified health care provider will respond on CHC’s social media platforms. 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 offers physical appointments, as well as telehealth (phone) and telemedicine (video) appointments. Please contact the CHC with any questions or for more information at 313-577-5041, and visit its health programming webpage for additional resources.

Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center (RFC)

The Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center is open with limited capacity and new guidelines. The RFC offers a full slate of virtual programming on its Active at Home webpage, along with a variety of intramural sports. The fitness center is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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