Help Lines

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Call 906-482-4357 or 800-562-7622. Text 35NEEDS or 906-356-3337. Chat online at dialhelp.org.

National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline:

Call or text 988

Pathways Community Mental Health:

Call 888-728-4929

Marquette County Crisis Line:

Call 888-728-4929

Veteran’s Crisis Line:

Call 800-273-8255 and press 1. Text 838 255. Chat online at veteranscrisisline.net

Student Resources

NMU Counseling Center

NMU's psychologists and counselors provide individual counseling, group counseling, and psycho-educational presentations. Emotional crisis appointments are available daily for urgent support.

Contact: 906-227-2980

3405 Hedgcock Center, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Health Advocate

For assistance after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends, you may call HealthAdvocate and talk to a licensed counselor. NMU provides this service at no cost to enrolled students

Contact: 855-384-1800

NMU Health Center

Contact: 906-227-2355 to schedule an appointment

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday -Friday

The NMU Health Center is located in the lower level of Gries Hall and provides a variety of medical, pharmacy and laboratory services to current NMU students.

*The Health Center can refer students to a psychiatrist.

 

Therapy Online Assistance

TAO helps students work though issues such as anxiety, resilience, depression, relationship problems and substance issues. To register and download the app, go to: nmu.edu/counselingandconsultation.

Employee Resources

Northstar EAP

Northern Michigan University has partnered with NorthStar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide mental health and wellness tools to its benefits eligible employees, including contingent faculty, and their families (spouse/partner and legal dependents) .  Eligible members may use NorthStar to help manage issues that could adversely impact their personal and work lives. There are various tools and ways to engage with Northstar EAP, with the goal of finding tools and resources to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing. Confidentiality is maintained in accordance with privacy laws and professional ethical standards, and the university is not notified when EAP services are used.

Employee Assistance Program

Blue Cross Online Visit Benefit

As an NMU employee with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan medical coverage, you have access to online medical and behavioral health services.  Taking care of yourself and your family’s health can be as easy as using your smartphone, tablet or computer to meet with a doctor or therapist face to face. With online visits, you have access to around-the-clock medical care or scheduled behavioral health care, anywhere in the U.S.  Simply create an account with your email address and enrollee ID.

Mental Health First Aid

NMU will be offering opportunities to complete 8 hour, in-person courses in Mental Health First Aid, free to NMU employees.   Mental Health First Aid is an international education program proven to be effective in teaching adults how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.  One or two certified instructors lead each course and follow a national curriculum and teaching standards, while emphasizing hope for recovery. Classes usually consist of 30 people or less and are offered in a respectful, comfortable environment.  If you are interested in completing this training, please sign up here  

You will be notified of upcoming training dates and details, and given the opportunity to reserve your spot.

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MoveUP Fitness Program

The MoveUP fitness program is a community outreach service provided by the School of Health and Human Performance that allows the NMU and Marquette communities the opportunity to engage in a variety of exercises at multiple intensities led by our graduate students. Participants attend one-hour sessions three times per week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the semester, at their designated times detailed below:

Fall 2022 Schedule:

Wednesday, September 7th – Thursday, December 1st, 2022

6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

** No class the week of November 21st – NMU Thanksgiving Break

Program Fee:

New Participant - $150.00 ($140 for NMU Faculty, Staff, Students and Spouses or PEIF Pass Members)

Returning Participant - $100.00

Instruction is aimed at encouraging individuals to develop healthy lifestyles, which include activities to enhance fitness and relieve stress.  The MoveUP Program is conducted in the exercise science lab located in room 146 of the Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF).  The exercise science lab is climate controlled and program enrollment is limited to provide individual attention, as well as access to equipment.  Always talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

We will be adhering to University Covid-19 protocols. The workouts will be designed to maximize social distancing and the staff will be regularly disinfecting the equipment and facility before, during and after the sessions.

Sessions Format:

Participants may select from sessions that vary from vigorous to low intensity, three days a week for one-hour per session. Each session will have a warm-up, an extended activity portion designed by our graduate students to address muscular endurance, aerobic fitness and/or flexibility along with a cool-down. The specific types of exercise sessions will vary throughout the semester providing participants the fun of experiencing multiple types of fitness activities and allowing our graduate students with valuable experience of designing and instructing many different fitness programs. The fitness sessions may include circuits, boot camp, yoga, walking / running intervals, resistance training, body weight routines, and many others.

Fitness Testing:

In the beginning and ending weeks of the semester, participants will have the opportunity (optional, but included in the cost) to have fitness testing conducted that will include body composition (DEXA), resting heart rate, submaximal VO2 test, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance.

Program Staff:

Graduate assistants and interns in Exercise Science and Applied Exercise Science and Health majors

Kyle Bolen MA, USAW-SPC, Coordinator

Forms for registration and more information are below:

Questions can be directed to (906) 227-2528

Health History Form

Informed Consent Information

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Jennifer Gorton

"Find a healthy work-school-life balance, develop positive self-care, and reach out if you need to talk. You are not alone."

Jennifer Gorton

Licensed Professional Counselor and Assistant Professor at NMU

Additional Resources

News & Events

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Facing Suicide Town Hall Meeting

Facing Suicide: Town Hall

Please join us in person or virtually Tuesday, September 27th at 7 PM ET for “Facing Suicide: Town Hall.” WNMU-TV PBS will host an expert panel discussion focusing on suicide awareness and prevention in Upper Michigan, inspired by the PBS documentary “Facing Suicide”. This film explores powerful stories of those impacted by suicide—one of America's most urgent health crises—and journey to the front lines of research with scientists whose work is leading to better prevention and treatment.

The panel will feature mental health professionals from across the Upper Peninsula who will discuss sections of the film, including how to identify warning signs, and highlighting resources that provide help and hope. More information as well as a link to stream live can be found on WNMU-TV’s website.

The panel will take place at NMU’s Northern Center. This is a FREE event but if you plan to attend in person, please register in advance via Eventbrite. Register now.

If you or someone you know are in crisis or experiencing thoughts of suicide, text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741) or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training

QPR: Suicide Prevention Training

Question. Persuade. Refer. - Suicide Prevention Training

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR-training will teach you to:

  • Recognize the warning signs
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help & save a life
  • A Partnership with the Marquette County Health Department & Wildcat Well-being

September 29th

3- 4:30 PM

310 Thomas Fine Arts Building

New Integrated Health and Wellness Center

The new integrated Health and Wellness Center will impact the entire campus community by providing a central location for health services for students, faculty, staff and retirees. It has a direct impact on student success through improved access to physical and mental health services and provides opportunities for experiential learning for health-related academic programs. It will be located near the residence halls and Northern Lights Dining off of Lincoln Avenue. 

Below are images of the digital mock-ups.

Campus Reports

Summaries, reports and overviews of campus mental health resources and other facilities are located here:

 

NMU Healthy Minds 2021 Survey

NMU 2022 Haveman Report

JED Campus Executive Summary 

Wildcat Wellbeing Mark

NMU Wellbeing Enhancement Plan

Goal

Accomplishment 12-24 Month Strategies

ACCESS & AWARENESS

NMU is committed to de-stigmatizing help-seeking, providing tools for responding to signs of distress, and promoting available campus resources and services.

  • Wellbeing sessions at Summer 2022 Orientation completed.
  • Webpage www.nmu.edu/wellbeing redesigned. 
  • New magnets and flyers are being distributed across campus.
  • Wellbeing NMU App.
  • Responding to Distress workshops for new and current faculty.
  • Wellness Rooms added.
  • Make Mental Health First Aid training available to any campus employee.
  • Re-establish a health promotions office that will rely on a trained and supervised team of peer educators.
  • Task the health promotions office with designing and implementing suicide prevention and wellbeing education campaigns.
  • Revive activity of the NMU Wellness Committee.
  • Invite student input and engagement in wellbeing planning.
  • Add wellness room new building plans and renovations.
LEADERSHIP & INTEGRATION NMU is committed to integrating our wellbeing services and increasing our capacity to meet the wellbeing needs of our campus community.
  • Special Advisor for Mental Health and Wellness position created and filled.
  • Search for Psychiatric PA started.

CRISIS RESPONSE 

NMU is committed to providing trauma-informed responses to crises involving our campus.

  • September 7th Table-top Exercise planned.
  • Use trauma-informed emergency protocols and crisis communication strategies on an ongoing basis.
  • Formalize crisis response partnerships with community mental health providers.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

NMU is committed to using strategic, data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement.

  • Healthy Minds Survey (HMS) was administered to NMU students in Spring 2021.
  • National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Inclusiveness & Engagement Module was administered Spring 2021.
  • Goal 2 in the New Markets, New Supports focus area of the Interim Strategic Plan includes, “Strengthen[ing] support for mental health and physical well-being.”
  • Re-administer HMS and NSSE in Winter semester 2023, and bi-annually thereafter.
  • Review other potential survey tools to supplement HMS & NSSE data.
  • Ensure wellbeing remains an ongoing priority in the strategic planning process at NMU.
  • Administer wellbeing survey tool on a bi-annual basis.
  • Make key survey findings available to the public.

 

Goal Alignment with Haveman Report Recommendations

ACCESS & AWARENESS

NMU is committed to de-stigmatizing help-seeking, providing tools for responding to signs of distress, and promoting available campus resources and services.

  • At all student orientation meetings, information about campus resources is to be shared. This information should include a resource brochure and a card with phone numbers listing where health and behavioral health services are available.
  • Rebranded a campaign on campus to further understanding of behavioral health awareness and suicide prevention.
  • Mobilize, energize and financially support student and faculty organizations which are committed to sponsoring student activities, forums and support services for the NMU student.
  • Establish a student advisory task force to assist in the implementation of campus activities and services
  • Addition of wellness rooms in resident halls and counseling areas for students to have private time and to utilize tele-health resources.
  • Set a goal of a being a ‘zero suicide’ campus by August 2023.
  • Consider raising the minimum wage paid to students on campus to ease the anxiety of financial strain on students.
  • Commit resources to ensure no student fails to seek behavioral health services because of an inability to pay.  No student should be billed by NMU for health and behavioral health services.
  • Actively promote the availability of Health Advocate’s behavioral health and other health services to students on a 24/7 basis.

LEADERSHIP & INTEGRATION

NMU is committed to integrating our wellbeing services and increasing our capacity to meet the wellbeing needs of our campus community.

  • Appoint a person to implement new and realigned behavioral health services on NMU campus. Consolidate Health, Counseling/Consultation and Wellness under one administrative umbrella accountable to the President of the NMU.
  • Reaffirm NMU’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • The new Wellness Center should provide counseling space to community providers to provide services on campus.
  • Hire a psychiatric physician assistant or psychiatric nurse practitioner work with athletics, nursing students and the Ada B. Vielmetti Health Center. Begin discussion of hiring a sports psychologist assigned to Athletics.
  • Establish a ‘no wait’ list policy at the Health Center and Center for Counseling and Consultation
  • Students in need of long-term counseling should be supported by providers in the community or by NMU.
  • NMU should have contracts with community providers to give priority to NMU students. Formalize service relationships with community providers to ensure follow up.  Referrals to private providers should have a “case managed safety net” to assure timely follow up took place.
  • Use of students from Nursing and Social Work departments whenever possible to augment services.
  • Engage resources of the many campus ministries in the implementation and provision of behavioral health services and student support services.
  • Ensure behavioral health services are available 24/7 for phone/telehealth or in-person consultation services for students, housing staff and campus police.  A major crisis can often be diverted/deescalated and thus not requiring to do an assessment at the UPHS’s emergency room.

CRISIS RESPONSE 

NMU is committed to providing trauma-informed responses to crises involving our campus.

  • Update the campus crisis operational plan to include behavioral health and other health services.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

NMU is committed to using data-informed decision-making and continuous improvement.

  • Openly acknowledge frequency of behavior health needs and suicide ideation and attempts on campus.
  • Initiate a bi-annual behavioral health survey for all students to gauge awareness, needs and satisfaction with current services.
  • Design a campus dash board with updates of all key indicators and data points. This will include all health, wellness and counseling activities focused on the student.  NMU should put in place continuous quality improvement strategies.
  • Redesign and modernize campus communication to be more relevant, timely and informative.

 

Wellbeing Staff

Abigail Kauffman Wyche, PhD, MSW

Special Advisor for Campus Mental Health & Wellness

Abigail is a social worker specializing in policy, planning, and administration, having earned her BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  Before joining NMU in 2012, she’d held several positions leading systems-level change and promoting holistic wellbeing.  Her work included serving as Coordinator of the City of Richmond’s first Child Advocacy Center, which relies on a multi-disciplinary, trauma-informed approach to the investigation of child abuse; and, as Executive Director of a Virginia-wide emergency foster care agency.

In 2014, Abigail became the Head of the Social Work Department at NMU, transitioning the BSW Program into an independent academic department, and establishing the only accredited MSW program in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Abigail has been a member of the President’s Committee on Gender and Sexuality, and is currently the co-chair of the President’s Committee on Diversity.  She’s been a member of the Board of Directors at the Women’s Center of Marquette and Alger Counties for the last six years, including two as Board President.  

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Abigail Wyche