Health and Well-Being for Students and Employees

masks and a stethescope

To help promote the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the Detroit Mercy campus community, the following recommendations offer safe and appropriate medical treatment, counseling services, educational outreach and other support initiatives. These recommendations abide by the requirements from the State of Michigan public health directives, with guidelines provided by the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Contact Us

The University of Detroit Mercy Wellness Center is dedicated to providing the our campus community with ongoing care and treatment. Personal counselors are now offering confidential counseling services online! To work with a Detroit Mercy counselor, contact bennetrn1@udmercy.edu.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough or sneeze. Health care experts also believe that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, thereby causing an infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (handwashing, social distancing and staying home when sick) and environmental prevention practices (cleaning and disinfection) are important principles in this document. Detroit Mercy is taking steps to lower the risk of coronavirus exposure and spread as students, employees, contractors and guests return to campus for the fall 2020 semester.

The following is supplemental to the Campus Guide. Please use the guide to review the following information:

Personal Counseling

Personal Counseling for Students

Detroit Mercy will offer both in-clinic and online access to counseling sessions. Session modality will be determined according to student need. Therapists will be available for crisis intervention treatment from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Personal Counseling for Employees

In addition to an employee’s Mental Health Services coverage in their health insurance, employees may seek counseling assistance from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through UNUM, UNUM refers confidential, short-term counseling from Licensed Professional Counselors. In a crisis, emergency help is available 24/7. Counseling assistance is available for the following: 

  • Stress, anxiety, depression.
  • Relationship, family, parenting issues.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Anger, grief, loss.
  • Life transitions.
  • Referrals for additional treatment, as needed.

Open All | Close All

  •  

    Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness

    As we continue to persevere together through an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis, we will need to embrace supportive community and campus resources, virtual and social distance connection, and practice coping skills that can help lessen anxiety during this time.

    • During times of crisis, it is normal to experience a wave of emotions as a response to stress. Focus on what is certain, such as your personal values and what you are grateful for. Try writing down a gratitude list that includes three things you are grateful for each day.
    • Be solution oriented. Use your strengths by considering past challenging life experiences. How did you move through it and what helped? Remember that you are strong and resilient.
    • Mental health counseling can offer a great deal of support and connection during times of major adjustment and change. If interested in online counseling appointments, contact the UDM Wellness Center: bennetrn1@udmercy.edu
    • Detroit Mercy Personal Counselor, Erika Budson, LPC, is offering virtual guided meditations to help us connect to ourselves while we physically distance from others. Check out one of Erika’s meditations:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdxfDcw90Ms&feature=youtu.be
    • Mindfulness and meditation apps, such as Headspace and Insight Timer can also be a helpful resource to practice guided meditations to manage stress and combat sleep difficulties.

    Physical Wellness helps Mental Wellness

    • Movement, physical exercise and deep breathing help the body regulate stress hormones. Short walks or even stretching can help us feel less fatigued and gain mental clarity. It is likely many of your favorite, local exercise studios are now offering online virtual classes, which can offer a source of accountability and connection.
    • Fitness apps can also be a great resource to track progress and goals.
    • Practice self-care! A balanced diet and consistent rest are protective health factors. Fuel your body with nutrients.

    Action

    • Curate your news and social media experience by selecting content that keeps you informed, not panicked or helpless.
    • Acts of service and kindness can be beneficial for your own well-being. Reach out by phone to a family member or friend to check-in or if you have the means, donate to a local organization. Working together as a community can help create solidarity.

    Useful Links

  •  

    Pastoral Care

    Pastoral Care for Students

    University Ministry will offer pastoral counseling and spiritual direction both in-person and online according to student need. University ministers and spiritual directors (priests, sisters and lay people) are available between 9 a.m. –  5 p.m. Monday through Friday via email or office phone. The Ministry Office is currently located on the first floor of the Shiple Residence Hall across from the mural. Spaces for prayer and reflection are available in the following areas:

    • McNichols: St. Ignatius Chapel in the Commerce and Finance Building, the Mosque on the ground floor of Reno Hall, the Multi-Faith Reflection Room on the ground floor of the McNichols Library and the Ministry Office in Shiple Hall.
    • Corktown (Dental): Reflection Room and Muslim Prayer Room on the fourth floor of the Clinic Building in Room 4-106.
    • Riverfront (Law): Peter and Paul Church and Multi-Faith Reflection Room on the first floor.

    Pastoral Care for Employees

    The Office of Mission Integration (OMI) will host monthly virtual reflection and in-person gatherings when circumstances permit for interested employees. Invitations to these gatherings will be forwarded in the fall and throughout the academic year. Employees may also contact the OMI for assistance in connecting with a prayer companion or a spiritual conversation partner. To receive regular poetry and reflections from Fr. John Staudenmaier, S.J., sign-up at https://listserver.udmercy.edu/mailman/listinfo/poetry. Additional opportunities from the OMI will be posted on the Mission Integration webpage.

  •  

    In-Person vs. Telemental Health Appointments

    In-person visits will be available for those students who would most benefit from such interactions. Services include crisis counseling, counseling for individuals unable to access telemental health or other circumstances whereby the mental health professional believes an in-person visit carries significant benefit.

    Telemental health appointments will be encouraged in most instances to reduce exposure and transmission risk.

    Sessions

    Individual and group sessions can meet in person if there is a space that allows for appropriate physical distancing. The Wellness Center will provide clear instructions on staying home if sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene prior to any in-person individual or group sessions. At this time, personal face coverings or clear commercial visors are recommended.

    Telehealth Platforms

    Students may also benefit from ongoing virtual support venues in which they have access to needed education, resources and self-help tools. A virtual platform, facilitated by counseling staff, to share experiences, connect with others and feel supported and heard can be useful.

  •  

    Training and Workshops

    This is a critical time to provide training and resources to faculty, staff and students on how to identify those in distress and to effectively intervene and refer appropriately. Counseling Services staff can provide virtual training and workshops to provide the needed education, skills, confidence and competence required (see https://www.sprc.org/comprehensive-approach/identify-assist). Workshops, mindfulness and other skill-building programs will be available primarily in a virtual environment. These include:

    • Hosting virtual sessions for faculty education as to proper referral of students to the Wellness Center and constructive communication.
    • Therapists hosting virtual QPR training for interested Detroit Mercy employees.
  •  

    Wellness Center Access and On-Site Safety Protocols

    To maximize the safety of University employees and students, access to the Wellness Center will be managed according to the following COVID-19 recommendations:

    Student-workers/work-study students in the Wellness Center

    • Student-workers/work-study students in the Wellness Center will be reassigned to non-clinical positions on campus to reduce spread and exposure.

    Requirements of Wellness Center staff members:

    • Staff members will participate in daily screening entering campus before a shift.
    • Staff are required to practice social distancing of at least six feet.
    • Staff must also ensure that face coverings are in place at all times.

    Student Patients

    • The Wellness Center will develop an online or telephone process for patient check-in.
    • The center will advise patients to make online appointments or call before coming to the Wellness Center for visits.
    • All students will receive communication from the Wellness Center clinic regarding procedures for calling before the appointment time.
    • When a student arrives for appointments, they must call before entering the building. The student will then be met at the front desk and immediately brought into the exam room.
    • All students should show up to appointments on time to support social distancing of patients.
    • The Wellness Center will limit the number of appointments to maintain social distancing, allow adequate time between appointments for cleaning and to ensure that the application of disinfectants will be effective.

    Telehealth appointment option:

    • The nurse practitioner and therapists will utilize a telehealth platform in conjunction with face-to-face medical and mental health appointments for individuals seeking assistance.
    • All intake forms, including demographic and consent forms, will be electronic documents.
    • Students must complete and submit forms (health history, immunizations, consents, etc.) in the patient portal or the Wellness Center website.
    • The Wellness Center will continue to utilize telemedicine visits and provide students with options for telemedicine or telephone consults. Students with conditions that place them at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 are to seek care via telemedicine.

    Guidelines for waiting area:

    • A waiting area will not be available for use.
    • All doors will include posted instructions for calling the clinic for services.

    De-contamination procedures for treating rooms:

    • The Wellness Center will designate one room for patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Physical barriers will be installed at the sign-in screening point, check-out or other service points of the Wellness Center that require personal interaction that cannot be accommodated by six-feet of social distance. This excludes patient examinations.
    • Literature and brochures will be stored and unavailable in waiting areas. Offices will also be sparsely populated to reduce contamination risk.
    • The use of oil diffusers is prohibited.