'Coronavirus (Covid-19)' Update on How to Access CAPS Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help you with your mental health needs, while also fully doing our part with social distancing.  CAPS offers telemental health services to currently registered WSU students using the Microsoft Teams app.  To work remotely with a CAPS counselor, just download the Teams app to a computer and/or smartphone and then call (313) 577-3398.  We are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to provide you with an Initial Consultation.

What is Microsoft Teams?  Check out this link from WSU C&IT: Description of Microsoft Teams

Although CAPS cannot currently provide in-person counseling, the entire CAPS team is 100% dedicated to providing the WSU community with ongoing care and treatment using telemental health services.  To inquire about any services offered at CAPS, please call (313) 577-3398, and watch this space for updates.

More About CAPS TeleMental Health

If you are feeling unwell and exhibiting symptoms of illness (fever, cough, sneezing, nausea), CAPS strongly encourages you to take steps to protect themselves from illness, as identified on the Campus Health Center's website. For updated information about Wayne State's response to the coronavirus, visit the Wayne State University COVID-19 information page.

For additional resources, please see these links:

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Key Facts (CDC)

Manage Anxiety and Stress (from the CDC)

CDC Information about COVID-19

State of Michigan Information about COVID-19


WSU CAPS mourns and condemns the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, and so many other unarmed Black Americans who had their lives taken because of their race. We are truly outraged, and we decry all acts of racial violence.  As many have correctly identified, our country is suffering from a deeply rooted and recently stoked anti-Black pandemic.  The current President of the United States embraces white nationalism.  Please know that CAPS stands in united solidarity with Black WSU students, faculty, and staff, and with the larger community of targeted individuals.  Black Lives Matter!

Being a victim of racism is traumatic and takes a serious mental and physical toll.  This impact can be vicarious when people are exposed to media coverage of our disgraceful American reality.  Living in constant fear is demoralizing and obviously harmful.  Black Americans are exhausted.  CAPS gets that you are sick and tired of being sick and tired.  We are here to do our very best to help.  Our counselors are talented, skilled and they truly care.  Many have specialized in the treatment of trauma.  Many are people of color or of other identities that are targeted in this country.  CAPS has a Diversity Committee and a Social Justice Working Group that try hard to make very sure that we are always learning and are never complacent about these issues.  Please do not hesitate to reach out for help, and encourage other WSU students you care about to do the same.


CAPS Leadership

We are here if you need to talk...about anything. 


CAPS is part of Student Services and is the university agency dedicated to provide counseling and psychological services for Wayne State students and to provide consultation and outreach to the university community in support of student welfare. CAPS promotes a culture of understanding and growth through professional collaboration among the dynamic staff, which consists of licensed professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers. CAPS is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

WSU Registered Students
Faculty, Department Representatives & Student Groups
Parents of Wayne State Students


In light of continued news of oppression and violence, both domestic and abroad, we at CAPS would like to reaffirm our role as a supportive resource to the WSU community. You do not need to identify as a survivor or know a victim of violence to experience its emotional and physical effects. It is possible to be traumatized vicariously. The impact of violence and oppression can be immediate for some, and for others, it may not appear until some time has passed. Experts sometimes refer to these effects as a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. You may feel fear, anger, resentment, hopelessness, helplessness, confusion, alienation, or even guilt or shame. For some, talking about the event, acknowledging the resulting feelings, or focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence. 

We encourage you to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with reactions to these recent events. We also encourage you to know your limits and allow yourself permission to set boundaries in conversation and around social media so that you can take care of yourself.

Talking with a mental health professional can also be a useful step in moving through the pain. During business hours you can visit CAPS and speak with a caring and nonjudgmental counselor (no appointment needed). CAPS services are available for all registered WSU students, and we invite you to explore this website to see the different ways our services can help. We also remain available as colleagues to WSU staff and faculty who would benefit from consultation as we all continue the work of supporting one another and growing together.

Please see below for additional information on how to care for yourself and others:


WSU Registered Students

We provide counseling to help you build and reach your goals for psychological health, personal well-being, and academic success.

  • Free and confidential personal, couples, and group counseling is available to you
  • You can stop by to complete a short screening assessment to see which of our services best meets your needs

Faculty, Department Representatives, & Student Groups

  •  We will engage in Outreach Events as requested by faculty and the university community
  •  We provide Consultation Services on how to respond to student's psychological and emotional needs as requested

Parents of Wayne State Students

  • As a parent, you can request Consultation about resources
  • We provide Coordination of Care for any student who needs local mental health providers

CAPS can help. Call 313-577-3398.

Wayne State is an urban university with a diverse student body from 50 states and more than 70 countries. At CAPS, as with the rest of the university, diversity is valued, appreciated, and accepted.


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