[Editor’s Note:  CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) at University of Michigan has partnered with ProtoCall and an announcement appearing in this article]

As of Monday night, conversations about mental health are now constantly accessible beyond the traditional hours offered by Counseling and Psychological Services.

Partnering with a company called ProtoCall, CAPS will now give students the option to call a mental health hotline after its office in the Michigan Union closes at 7 p.m. The hotline will be open whenever CAPS is not — including weekends and school holidays. The phone number will be the same number as the CAPS main line and will connect the caller to a ProtoCall licensed psychologist.

According to CAPS director Todd Sevig the idea for the program has been in the works for a few years. He said though the University hospital provides a psychiatric emergency room at all hours, this service could help struggling students who don’t feel they need to rush to the hospital.

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