Help Lines

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

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

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:

Student Insurance

Medical insurance is highly recommended for all students.

Employee Resources

To best support employees, and their covered family members, a variety of mental health, physical health, and wellness resources are available to employees in benefits eligible positions.  These benefits and resources include: 

  1. A partnership with Northstar EAP to provide mental health and wellness tools to eligible individuals
  2. Access to online therapy and psychiatry visits through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBS) Online Visits for members enrolled in NMU's health plan
  3. Access to resources included with enrollment in NMU's health plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBS).  Resources include identity protection, discounts on healthy products and services, webinars, and other health and well-being services. 
  4. Mental Health First Aid training to better equip you to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. 
  5. Self guided online therapy assistance
  6. Quarterly newsletters offering motivating lifestyle choices
  7. Information on community resources during times of need. 

And much more!  We are here to support YOU so you can be your best self at work and at home.  Check out the employee mental health and wellness resources page below.


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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


LIVE @ NMU: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention on Campus

L.I.V.E. @ NMU

A new suicide prevention and mental health awareness student organization, L.I.V.E. at NMU, will be starting up this month.  To learn more about joining this organization, students can attend an informational meeting on November 9th, 7pm in Jamrich 2319, and visit

L.I.V.E. stands for Love, Include, Value, and Engage. This organization will help bring conversations about mental health and suicide prevention to campus.

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

Campus Wellbeing Update

We are pleased to share the following update as of 11/1/2022 on efforts to enhance the wellbeing of our campus community this semester:

  • During new faculty orientation in August, all new faculty were trained in recognizing and responding to distress. Training included information about the signs of distress, communicating about distress and accessing mental health services available to help in times of distress. Faculty learned about many resources including NMU Counseling and Consultation Services, Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), Health Advocate after-hours support, the new National Suicide Crisis Lifeline 988, and other local crisis support hotlines.
  • Twenty-one NMU employees completed Mental Health First Aid Training in October, and twenty-four additional are currently registered for the training in November. If you are an employee interested in participating in future training sessions, let us know at
  • Mental Health advocate, David Woods Bartley was on campus on October 24th and 25th where he spoke about his journey from mental illness to mental wellness to nine classes (300+ students), and several employee groups. He also spoke at an open public event co-sponsored by the NMU Center for Rural Health and the Superior Health Foundation. David is planning to be back on campus sometime early next semester. For more about him, visit:
  • A new search for a Director of the Counseling Center is currently underway. View more details about the position here
  • The search for a Case Management Services Director position is set to begin within the next two weeks.  Once hired, the Director will be building a non-clinical case management team to complement the work of our counseling center and student affairs offices, helping students overcome challenges in their personal and academic lives.  Stay tuned to the current employment opportunities website to view the position details once it is posted.
  • Physician's Assistant, Nicole Perrier, is scheduled to start her new role with NMU on December 12th.  Nicole brings specialized experience providing psychiatric care, and will be serving the campus community through both the NMU Health Center and NMU Athletics.
  • A new suicide prevention and mental health awareness student organization, L.I.V.E. at NMU, will be starting up this month.  To learn more about joining this organization, students can attend an informational meeting on November 9th, 7pm in Jamrich 2319, and visit

Thanks to everyone who has supported these efforts, and we look forward to reporting on future progress in the coming months. 

Wellbeing Staff

Abigail Kauffman Wyche, PhD, MSW

Special Advisor for Campus Wellbeing

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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