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Campus Mental Health Resources

UHS Mental Health Services offers no-cost services including individual, couple/partner, group counseling, campus-based programming, stress management, and psychiatry in addition to 24/7 crisis services.

UHS mental health providers understand the complexities of student life and offer an open, safe, and confidential environment to help students through issues that may interfere with their development, well-being, and academic productivity.

Community Mental Health Resources

Care Managers: UHS Mental Health Services offers brief therapy and other mental health treatment to students on a limited basis in order to offer support and access to all UW–Madison students. For students needing long-term, urgent, or specialized treatment, UHS may suggest an outside community provider to better meet your needs.

UHS Care Managers can provide support while you establish care with a community provider. Once connected, our Care Managers will follow up to see if your needs have been met, or if you need additional access to mental health services in the community.

UHS Care Managers can help you navigate insurance plans to understand your coverage and benefits for a particular mental health service or provider. If you don’t have insurance coverage in Madison, they may be able to help you obtain local coverage or identify low-cost/sliding fee scale providers. In addition to mental health and insurance resources, Care Managers also can assist you in accessing transportation, financial help, food, housing, and academic resources to support your success as a student.

To meet with a Care Manager, students must first schedule an Access Appointment. Call Mental Health Services 608-265-5600 (option 2) or log on to MyUHS for 24-hour web appointment booking.

Counseling Psychology Training Clinic: Confidential counseling services for individuals, families, adolescents and children. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee based on income.

The Family Center: Community-based, affordable (scaled by income) state-certified outpatient mental health clinic and the training center for Edgewood College’s Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program.

Psychology Research & Training Clinic: Confidential psychotherapy and assessment services to individuals, families, and children from the UW and greater Madison community. PRTC is a fee-for-service clinic.

Emergency Resources

If a situation is life-threatening, always call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Emergency rooms near campus:

The UW–Madison Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that safeguards and serves the campus community.

Lifelines

University Health Services
608-265-5600 (press 9 for 24-hour crisis)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
800-273-8255 (TALK)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889 (4TTY)
Ayuda en Español: 888-628-9454

Veterans Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
800-273-8255 (TALK) (press 1)
Text message: 838255

The Trevor Project – LGBTQ Suicide Prevention
866-488-7386

Journey Mental Health Center – Madison
608-280-2600 – 24-hour crisis services
608-280-2700 – General reception

Self-help online resources

SilverCloud

SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides UW–Madison students, faculty, and staff with accessible treatment options 24 hours a day. SilverCloud does not require a referral from a mental health or medical provider. For questions, email silvercloud@uhs.wisc.edu.

You@Wisc

A student connection portal with tools, content, and resources specific to UW–Madison student life designed to build resilience within students and foster campus connections.

Interactive modules within three overarching themes—succeed, thrive, and matter—engage students in many facets of life including community involvement, mental and emotional well-being, and academic and professional success.

Any campus community member–staff, faculty, and students with an active NetID–can access the YOU@WISC portal. User information, activity, and results are confidential to foster an honest and effective experience.

Lost Someone to Suicide?

The grief that follows losing a loved one to suicide can be complex and long-term. Survivors of suicide loss—those who have lost someone to suicide—struggle with shock, guilt, anger, unanswered questions, and more. If you have lost someone to suicide, help is available.

Means restriction

Part of making a safety plan to help you get through crisis may be taking steps to limit your access to means by which you could kill yourself. Making this plan is something you can talk with someone about by calling UHS 24-hour crisis line at 608-265-5600 (option 9) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255 also available 24/7. You can also remove these means from your environment without talking to anyone, though.

Get rid of expired, unused, and unwanted medicine by bringing it to a MedDrop location within Madison and elsewhere.

If you have a firearm which you would like to limit access to, you can turn over firearms to a trusted family member or friend who lives elsewhere or ask a local gun shop if they  store fireamrs. You can tell them you need temporary storage during a crisis. In both cases, unload the firearm before transporting.