CAPS Connect

CAPS Connect provides a place to talk about concerns during free, confidential 15-minute consultations. You can have someone listen to you and offer support, or you might prefer to receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources. This service is available to enrolled MSU students via HIPAA-compliant Zoom.

CAPS Connect will return in fall 2021.

We're gearing up for our Fall 2021 CAPS Connect schedule and can't wait to talk with you. Keep up with the latest CAPS news — and be the first to know when CAPS Connect returns — by following Student Health and Wellness on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


CAPS Connect is based on the Let’s Talk model developed at Cornell University. Let's Talk has been adopted by nearly 100 universities and colleges and is shown to increase student access.

CAPS Connect hours are subject to change, particularly during University breaks and summer semester.  

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Learn more with these frequently asked questions: 

 


Fall 2021 Schedule

We're gearing up for our Fall 2021 CAPS Connect schedule and can't wait to talk with you. Keep up with the latest CAPS news — and be the first to know when CAPS Connect returns — by following Student Health and Wellness on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Check back in August 2021 to see the Fall 2021 schedule.

Remember, if you need support immediately, crisis counseling is available 24/7. Call (517) 355-8270 and press “1” at the prompt to speak with a crisis counselor.

To access non-crisis CAPS services, fill out a CAPS Phone Request Form to get started.

 


What is CAPS Connect?

CAPS Connect is a brief consultation program that is confidential, completely free, and available to all enrolled MSU students. Join us virtually during the scheduled times. Sign up in advance to chat with a CAPS Counselor! CAPS Connect provides a place to talk about concerns. You can have someone listen to you and offer support, or you may prefer to receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources.

Common concerns include: 

  • Stress
  • Difficulty adjusting to school
  • Academic concerns
  • Family, roommate, or other relationship issues
  • Financial concerns
  • Sadness
  • Adjustments related to COVID-19

CAPS Connect is not meant to supplement ongoing counseling or provide support in crisis situations. Students in need of crisis services can call CAPS CRISIS Line (24/7/365) at (517) 355-8270, prompt '1'.

How is CAPS Connect different from counseling?

  • CAPS Connect is a brief consultation (approximately 10–15 minutes)
  • CAPS Connect is available 90 minutes once per week in connection to multiple academic colleges and departments across campus.

What happens in a CAPS Connect session?

The student can talk about their concern or ask questions, and the CAPS Connect counselor will answer, share appropriate resources or provide support around that issue. 

Who should access CAPS Connect?

All MSU students are welcome to use CAPS Connect. The consultation is best suited for students who:

  • Aren't sure about counseling, and are wondering if it might help.
  • Are more interested in the perspective of a counselor than in ongoing counseling.
  • Are concerned about a friend and are looking for suggestions on what to do.
  • Have a specific problem they want to talk about or to talk it out.

Are CAPS Connect sessions confidential?

Conversations with CAPS Connect counselors are confidential. However, by law, counselors may need to share information in a situation in which safety for you or others is a concern. Information is also collected about demographic information, attendance and topics discussed so that we can keep track of the students being served and those we need to continue serving. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a CAPS Connect counselor and review the information given to you during your session. 

 


Please Remember:

Although CAPS Connect staff are mental health professionals, CAPS Connect is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. CAPS Connect is for a consultation about a specific problem. It is also where students can ask questions about formal counseling. CAPS Connect can help you decide whether formal counseling may be helpful to you.

Download the CAPS Connect program flyer. 

Click here for a PDF of the Informed Consent for MSU CAPS Connect. 

Want to help spread the word about this free service? Download the CAPS Connect flyer.

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CAPS Connect Flyer