The University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services launched a spring fundraising campaign, Help CAPS Catch Up, Wednesday. The campaign was created by six undergraduate students hoping to increase the funding for CAPS on campus. According to a press release, the campaign gathered 3,500 views online within 10 hours of its unveiling.
Help CAPS Catch Up began as a letter-writing campaign accessible to all students, faculty and community members related to the University. It centered around ideals of support and positivity to give a voice to community members wishing to speak out about mental health resources needed on campus, in lieu of blaming University of Michigan officials. It is now fully fundraising-focused.
Overall, CAPS said they hope this campaign will raise their budget from just under $3 million to $4 million. The increase would fund the need for rapid counseling options through an increase in staff so that they can be readily available for appointments. CAPS will continue their campaign by having an informational table in the Diag April 11 and attending Central Student Government’s Mental Health Speak Out in the Michigan Union the same day.