You may have questions about the services offered, what counseling is like, confidentiality, and more with Michigan Tech Student Mental Health Services. This page was designed to help answer some of the questions or concerns you may have. If you have additional questions, or can't find the answer you were looking for, please contact us for further assistance.
What is Michigan Tech Mental Health Services?
Michigan Tech Mental Health Services is a department within the Division of Student Affairs that provides a wide range of mental health services to Michigan Tech students.
Who is eligible for Mental Health Services?
All currently enrolled Michigan Tech students are eligible for free services through Mental Health Services.
What type of services are provided?
We provide individual, group, and couples counseling. Additional services include workshops and presentations on mental health topics for student organizations, residence halls, and the University community.
Where are appointments held?
All appointments with Mental Health Services are held online via Zoom until further notice.
Who are your counselors?
Mental Health Services has a diverse staff of mental health professionals, including social workers, a limited licensed psychologist, and graduate practicum students. All full-time clinicians in Mental Health Services are licensed within their respected profession—all non-licensed personnel (graduate practicum students) are directly supervised by licensed clinical staff members.
What kind of issues do students come to Mental Health Services to get help with?
Students come to Mental Health Services for a wide variety of reasons. Many of our students have a specific concern they are seeking services for, such as depression, anxiety, and eating concerns to name a few. Students additionally seek services to address academic difficulties, challenges with adjusting to college, and interpersonal relationship concerns.
When is Mental Health Services open?
We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer. Academic and summer schedules are based on the University’s outlined calendar year.
How do I establish services with Mental Health Services?
During the academic year we offer "drop-in" hours. Drop-in hours will be held via Zoom until further notice. To reserve a spot during drop-in hours, email email@example.com or call 906-487-2538.
Drop-in hours are used primarily to complete an initial evaluation with a counselor or for crisis appointments. During the summer semester we do not offer drop-in hours, so students can contact the office to schedule an appointment.
How long does it take to get an appointment?
Drop-in hours are offered daily on a first-come, first-served basis, but traditionally
students are able to meet with a counselor that same day.
If you are experiencing a crisis, please let the administrative staff know to ensure that you are able to meet with a counselor.
What can I expect during my first appointment with Mental Health Services?
When you schedule your initial appointment during drop-in hours, you will receive an email from the counselor you are scheduled with containing a Zoom link to your meeting. During that initial appointment, you will discuss the concerns you want to address in counseling and your counselor will walk you through our stepped-care plan to assist you in establishing a preliminary treatment plan, which may include referrals for individual counseling, group counseling, workshop, or Husky Hour.
Students who are seeking weekly or intensive care will discuss the limitations of services available through Mental Health Services with their counselor.
Are counseling services confidential?
Mental Health Services records are not included in any of your other University records. All information about you, even acknowledgments of your visits, is confidential and cannot be released without your written permission except under specific circumstances outlined in our confidentiality policy.
If I come in to see a clinician, I don’t want my parents to know. Will you have to tell them?
No. Your clinician will not speak to your parents, professors, friends, or anyone else about your confidential concerns without your permission. There are rare exceptions, which are outlined in our confidentiality policy.
What should I do in an emergency?
In any emergency involving physical harm or a threat to life, call Public Safety at 906-487-2216 or dial 911 (if you are out of the area, dial 866-411-0018 to reach Negaunee Central Dispatch). If you are in a residence building on campus, you can contact your RA or RLC. In cases of psychological emergencies, contact Mental Health Services during our business hours or Public Safety. Before or after business hours, contact Public Safety directly to request assistance from the on-call counselor.
How do I help someone get an appointment?
To help a student get connected with services, you can provide them with information on our available services and encourage them to reach out to schedule an appointment during drop-in hours. Follow-up appointments for established students can only be done by the student receiving services. If the student is unwilling to contact our office and you are concerned about their safety, please use the Report a Concern tool to report your concern.
Does Mental Health Services prescribe medication?
Mental Health Services provides limited access to a nurse practitioner on staff who
has the ability to prescribe medication and manage currently prescribed medications.
However, access to these services are only available to students who are receiving
counseling through Mental Health Services and have been referred by their primary
counselor. Many medications work best in conjunction with psychotherapy. Mental Health
Services clinicians work together with the nurse practitioner on staff to monitor
progress and concerns of each student.
Prescriptions for ADD/ADHD medications are not prescribed or managed through our office. Please contact a local medical provider's office for management of these medications.