What CAPS In Action Means to Me

CAPS in Action, or CIA, is a student organization that works with the University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services (more popularly known as CAPS) to work on ways to educate the student body about mental illness and, most importantly, how to get help. Through CIA, I was able to express my passion for mental health by collaborating on projects to help make students’ lives a little brighter every day.

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Lucretia

Mental health is an issue with which many people struggle, especially those within the student community at the University of Michigan. The goal of Lucretia, one of the University of Michigan’s newest student organizations, is to help students realize the various resources available to them.

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Awareness over Acceptance: The Problem with Autism Speaks

As an autism awareness advocate and former Autism Speaks board member, John Robison said in his resignation letter, “Autism Speaks says it’s the advocacy group for people with autism and their families.  It’s not, despite having had many chances to become that voice. Autism Speaks is the only major medical or mental health nonprofit whose legitimacy is constantly challenged by a large percentage of the people affected by the condition they target.”

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People First, Disability Second

When I arrived to the Speakable event, I thought I knew what to expect. Speakable is an event created by the Services for Students with Disabilities where students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan with disabilities get an opportunity to share their personal experiences with their diagnoses. I was amazed that there were sign language interpreters and a large screen where someone was transcribing what the speakers were saying. Each speaker shared their struggles and how they tackle them in day-to-day life.

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CSG Candidate Shub Argha on Mental Health

CAPS, (counseling and psychological services) is yet another acronym amidst an alphabet soup used in the everyday vernacular of the Michigan student. Many first heard of this acronym either during a campus tour or their freshmen orientation. However, most students likely filed away the cliff notes version of services CAPS provides under a list of resources that students have, but believe they will probably never use during their time at Michigan.

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The Peer Body Project

The peer based-model has been implemented at universities across the United States and the world, and now has come to the University of Michigan. Over the course of two days, six students and seven psychologists from the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) came together to work with a certified Body Project trainer to learn how to implement and facilitate groups.

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Head Talks

Head Talks, occurring Monday, October 9th at 7pm,  is a one and a half hour Ted Talk-inspired event organized and created by Ross student Sarah Wood, bringing in influential leaders and joy soldiers that have done rewarding work in the field of mindfulness, mental health, and positive psychology.

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Founder of To Write Love, Jamie Tworkowski on Life

I had the pleasure of seeing Jamie on his book tour for his book “If You Feel Too Much.” The book is a collection of stories about life, loss, and the unbelievable experiences that add color to our world, like meeting Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter and visiting survivors of Hurricane Katrina. I asked him for his insight as a leader in mental health awareness about growing up, expectations, and becoming who you want to be.

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13 Reasons Why

The show 13 Reasons Why recently premiered on Netflix, and has been getting a ton of attention lately. Why? I’ll start with this - it’s emotional, incredibly graphic, and hard to watch. It is not a “feel good” type of show. There is no real resolution or happy ending. And, it has come under very heavy criticism for being emotionally triggering to viewers.

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Body Image in the Media

Looking around today, it’s nearly impossible to avoid images of seemingly perfect people everywhere. These ideals are usually representative of only a small portion of the population, but the media’s portrayal causes people to believe that everyone fits that image.

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