Spectrum Center

Mental Health

  • Campus Specific Resources
    • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is U-M’s campus counseling center. They offer counseling and psychotherapy, groups, and campus events. CAPS staff biographies can help you get a sense of their areas of expertise.
    • University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) and University Health Services (UHS) offer mental health and medical services for transgender and non-binary students seeking support. The CAPS Trans Care Team is a group of mental health care providers specifically trained in providing affirming care to trans and non-binary students. 

    • CAPS also offers CAPS After Hours (734-764-8312, press 0), an after-hours call line for any UM student or any person concerned about a UM student.
  • Local Resources

Healthy Relationships

  • We all may engage in different kinds of relationships - friendships, romantic relationships, sexual relationships, family relationships, etc. The core of healthy relationships includes understanding and acting in accordance with your own values, consent (yours and others’), and communication.

  • People in LGBTQ+ communities may or may not desire intimate relationships - romantic, sexual, or both. For those who do desire or enter into relationships, these relationships may be monogamous or non-monogamous (e.g., open or polyamorous relationships).

  • LGBTQ+ communities are often smaller, which influences people’s experiences of forming relationships (of all sorts) within them. If you are a queer or trans person interested in romantic or sexual relationships, it is especially important to be aware of the unique dynamics of forming relationships, no matter the duration, in small communities.

  • Unfortunately, relationships are not always healthy or safe. Both intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence affect LGBTQ+ communities. IPV in queer and trans relationships can take different forms, including using sexuality and gender identity against you. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please see the Response and Support tab.

  • Campus Specific Resources

    • University Health Service offers helpful insights into building healthy relationships.  

    • Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center’s (SAPAC) page on understanding consent

    • Wolverine Wellness’s Wellness Coaching, one-on-one coaching conversations focused on your wellbeing, can help you think about your values, relationships, and sexual health.

  • National Resources

  • Great organizations to learn more about: