Coronavirus Information

September 14, 2020: Campus Mental Health Resources

Dear UM family,

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult for all of us, and people throughout the world have reported higher rates of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues as a result of the outbreak.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, mental health issues can manifest in the form of changes in sleeping or eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems and substance abuse, among others.

The effects of the pandemic have had significant mental health ramifications, even among people who previously reported no mental health problems before the outbreak.

Taking care of your mental and emotional health is extremely important, and UM is here for you. Counseling Services staff are available to help students, faculty and staff with the unique challenges related to COVID-19 and other mental health needs. These services are confidential and are available to students, faculty and staff free of charge. To schedule an appointment or speak with a counselor, call (205) 665-6245 or email For more information about Counseling Services, visit

In addition to UM Counseling Services, the following other community resources are available to individuals facing crisis situations:

  • Birmingham Crisis Center – (205) 323-7777
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 or message “Crisis Text Line” on Facebook

Dr. John W. Stewart III

UM President