Every member of the MSU community has had to adapt to life under the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes every student, including many who are coming to MSU for the first time this fall, as well as the units who serve them.
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at MSU provides crucial support for students across a range of mental health and counseling services. CAPS has been quick to adapt to the pandemic.
“In doing so, we’ve created a model to prioritize two things,” says CAPS Director Mark Patishnock. “We want to prioritize same day access; that process begins with a Qualtrics form on our website. Our other top priority is getting help for people in crisis. Students can reach our 24/7/365 crisis counselor resource by calling our number and pressing the number ‘1’”.
According to Patishnock, many students who can benefit from counseling or psychiatric care do not seek it out themselves. Instead, they express concerns about their well-being indirectly and/or ask their most trusted point of contact with the university for help—often a faculty or staff member.
For this reason, it is strongly encouraged that advisors, instructors, and staff familiarize themselves with CAPS services.
A thorough overview of CAPS services and procedures for obtaining assistance, updated to reflect the circumstances of the pandemic, can be found on the CAPS homepage.Employees seeking counseling services for themselves can access the Employee Assistance Program.