COVID-19 Response

Crisis Care

OUCC continues to provide mental health support services to the OU community

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Student Success

icon of a calendarJuly 20, 2020

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Help is just a click away. During the uncertain times of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Oakland University Counseling Center (OUCC) continues to care for the OU community. Currently, the center offers most of its usual services via video and phone sessions. 

“Focusing on mental health and well-being is always a priority, but especially now, it is even more critical,” says David Schwartz, Ph.D., director of the Oakland University Counseling Center. “During a pandemic, there are a number of factors that can negatively impact a person’s emotional well-being and mental health.”

These factors can include social isolation, loss of routines, grief, inability to practice self-care, uncertainty of the future and financial stresses, among others.

It is important for the OU community to know that mental health support is available to them, Dr. Schwartz says. “It is okay to ask for help. You are not alone,” he says. “Help is only a call or email away.”

The following services are currently offered or being developed by the OU Counseling Center:

  • Individual counseling and crisis counseling via phone or video.
  • Virtual support sessions (similar to a town hall concept with a variety of pre-selected topics for some sessions, as well as sessions open to any topics).
  • Support groups (for specific populations and specific topics, including grief and loss, veterans, athletes, students on campus, marginalized populations, etc.).
  • Virtual "walk-in" hours. The OUCC virtual lobby will soon be available for students to enter at predetermined times and a counselor will be available to talk with them.
  • Videos that cover a variety of pressing topics (coping with isolation, motivation, grief and loss, finding purpose, self-care, etc.).
  • Online outreach workshops.
  • Partnering with RecWell on the relaunching of the iPause stress management and wellness program.

If you are interested in OUCC's services, call (248) 370-3465 or email schwart3@oakland.edu.

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