Call for Help

Let’s Talk

All Let’s Talk sections will be virtual until March 2022 when some sessions will transition to in-person.

Let’s Talk provides no-cost, informal, confidential consultations around campus and virtually.
Going to Let’s Talk  can help you gain insight, support, and information about other resources.

  • No topic is off limits
  • Common concerns include: stress, sadness, worry, relationships, academics, family problems, and financial struggles
  • The last day to sign up for a virtual session is the day before the session. In-person sessions are always first come, first served.
  • Sessions available January 25 through May 6.

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for ongoing counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment, but consultants can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff.

Spring 2022 Schedule

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Mondays

Focus: Graduate students
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Providers: Jo Hoese, Casey Tice

Focus: Engineering students
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Provider: Michelle Bond

Focus: LGBTQ+ students
Time: 1 -3 p.m.
Providers: Blake Bettis, Sam Herlitzke

Focus: CAE/DDEEA students
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Providers: Corey Steele, Carli Gurholt

Focus: All students
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Providers: Matt Sablan, Dezarae Avalos

Tuesdays

Focus: All students (bi-weekly on Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 29, April 26)
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Provider: Tommy Wild

Focus: Latinx students (bi-weekly)
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Provider: Dezarae Avalos

Focus: Chemistry students (bi-weekly)
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Provider: Josie Montañez-Tyler

Wednesdays

Focus: Black students
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Providers: Kayla Eggen, Rianna Bailey

Focus: All students
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Providers: Merrill Reiter, Ashley Faytol

Focus: Engineering students
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Provider: Michelle Bond

Thursdays

Focus: All students
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Providers: Lia Warbesse, Brian Drozd

Focus: Chican@ and Latin@ Studies/Digame (bi-weekly on Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3, March 31, April 14, and April 28)
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Provider: Jeff Hird

Focus: APIDA students
Time: 2 -4 p.m.
Providers: Melanie Daovannary, Geetanjali Deole

Fridays

Focus: All students
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Provider: Felix Savino

Focus: International students
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Providers: Geetanjali Deole, Austen Matsui

Who should visit Let’s Talk?

All UW–Madison undergraduate and graduate students can come to a Let’s Talk consultation, but it’s the best fit for students who:

  • Aren’t sure about counseling or wonder what it’s like to talk to a counselor;
  • Aren’t interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
  • Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through; or
  • Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like ideas about what to do.

Frequently asked questions

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What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program for UW–Madison students that provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation with counselors from UHS Mental Health Services. Counselor consultants hold drop-in hours virtually and at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Any student is welcome at any site and no fee is charged. Virtual sections of Let’s Talk require a brief registration in order to receive the session link.  In-person sections are first come, first served with no registration needed. The wait is usually not long.

What happens at Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program for UW–Madison students that provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation with counselors from UHS Mental Health Services. In these 20-minute one-on-one consultations, you can discuss concerns, get support, and experience what it is like to speak with a mental health provider.  Some sections focus on a specific concern or identity, and others are open to all students and concerns.

How is Let's Talk different from counseling at Mental Health Services?

Counselors provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-monthly 45–50 minute appointments. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling; it’s a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor consultant from time to time.

What is the different between Let's Talk and an Access appointment?

Let’s Talk is an informal drop-in service that provides consultation and support. An access appointment is the first step toward linking students with counseling services at UHS. Part of an access appointment is reviewing and signing formal paper work, and assessing symptoms and distress levels.

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling. Would going to Let's Talk help me figure out what to do?

Absolutely. The counselor consultant will help you talk through your issues and help you determine the best way to get support. If you feel comfortable with the counselor consultant, it is sometimes possible to meet with them at UHS in an on-going way.

I am a non-student partner of a UW-Madison student, and I am covered by SHIP insurance. Can I come to Let's Talk?

Yes, the counselor consultant will help you with your immediate concerns and assist you with referrals for ongoing support.

I was offered an appointment at UHS Mental Health Services 14 days from now. Can I stop by Let's Talk in the meantime?

It’s best to call UHS directly if you believe you need to be seen sooner than your scheduled appointment.

I spoke with a UHS provider and they recommended a referral to a therapist in Madison. Can I come to Let's Talk instead?

Since regular counseling appointments are not available at Let’s Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, MHS cannot provide ongoing counseling to every student who requests it.

I am currently seeing a therapist at UHS and would like to talk with someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let's Talk?

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact your counselor directly to see if they can see you sooner.

I am currently seeing a therapist at UHS and I'm not happy with the way things are going. Can I go to a Let's Talk instead?

Express your concerns directly to your counselor. Counselors are eager to hear feedback—both positive and negative. Often, an open conversation about your concerns can resolve any issues.

What else do I need to know?

Although Let’s Talk counselor consultants are professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk counselor consultants provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it’s like to speak with a counselor. Your Let’s Talk counselor consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful to you and, if appropriate, connect you with UHS.

Let's Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?

One exception is that counselors may need to share information in a situation in which safety for yourself or others is a concern. Let’s Talk counselor consultants keep brief written notes of their contacts with student in the event that there is an emergency, or when a student is referred to UHS. In these situations, other UHS counseling staff may see these notes. Information is also collected about attendance, so that we can keep track of the students we serve and those we need to continue serving.

Questions?

Email the Outreach Team or call 608-265-5600 (option 2).

UHS offers 24-hour crisis intervention services for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student. If you feel desperate, are thinking about suicide, or you’re afraid for the well-being of someone you know, call UHS at 608-265-5600 (option 9). Learn more information about crisis services.

Let’s Talk at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is based on the Let’s Talk Program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material from this website has been adapted or reproduced from the Cornell University Let’s Talk website. We would like to thank Matt Boone, LCSW, for his assistance in helping us launch this program on our campus. This successful model has paved the way for us and many others.