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Mental Health Services

Why should I seek mental health services?

There are various reasons one might seek services from a mental health provider:

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive symptoms
  • Difficulties in connecting with others/lack of a sense of belonging/feeling alone
  • Depression
  • Overwhelmed/overburdened
  • Normative developmental concerns
  • Stressors/difficulties related to the demands of training
  • Challenges to self-esteem that occur over the course of medical training
  • Current events (including feelings of worry/sadness/frustration)
  • The impact of the pandemic on relationships, activities, and ability to use typical coping skills
  • Family issues

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Leave a confidential message at 317-278-2383 to request an appointment or log in to the Mental Health Services Learner Portal to schedule appointments, access virtual care, and communicate with our office.

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Services

  • Personal/Individual Counseling

    The Department of Mental Health Services offers individual counseling to all IU School of Medicine trainees. Sessions are generally 45-50 minutes long and can address a wide range of issues including mood, stress and anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, or any other mental health concern. Issues do not have to be specifically related to medical training--the goal is to meet the full range of needs that trainees may have.

  • Couples Counseling

    A limited number of couples counseling appointments are available to IU School of Medicine trainees. The trainee’s partner does not have to be affiliated with IU to participate in couples counseling. Couples counseling through the department is a session-limited service; counselors will talk with couples about the number of sessions available during the initial evaluation process.

  • Urgent Counseling

    Any trainee who has an urgent need to be seen may reach out for an urgent counseling appointment. These appointments are usually 60 minutes long and provide the trainee with immediate strategies to help support him/her through an acute stressor or time-sensitive situation. Patients who are an imminent danger to themselves or others should call the crisis line at 317-276-HELP (4357) or go to their nearest emergency department rather than seek an urgent appointment.

  • Group Counseling

    The Department of Mental Health Services offers some group therapy services. Group therapy sessions are generally 90 minutes long focus and may focus on a specific topic or focus on the needs of a specific group of students (e.g., PhD students, 2nd year medical students). Interested attendees must be evaluated by the group leader to ensure they would be an appropriate fit for the group.

  • Psychiatry and Medication Management

    Psychiatric services are available for all medical trainees. After an initial appointment with one of our counselors, if needed, a referral to one our psychiatrists can be arranged. Initial psychiatric evaluation appointments (60-90 minutes) are currently being conducted via Zoom due to COVID-19. Subsequent appointments (30 minutes) will also be conducted remotely via Zoom.

  • Opt Out Wellness Checks

    The Department of Mental Health Services offers opt out wellness checks, in collaboration with residency programs. Programs set up these checks, which are 30-minute appointments, in which residents meet individually with a clinician and can either participate in the standard wellness check assessing six areas of wellness or may address their own personal stressor or concern. The appointments help residents learn about the department and its services, destigmatize mental health services, reduce barriers to starting mental health care, and potentially reduce stress. All residents are offered the opportunity to continue with mental health services, if they are interested. Programs interested in offering these visits to their residents should reach out for more information.

  • Outreach

    Providers engage in numerous outreach activities with the IU School of Medicine learner community. Outreach includes formal presentations, but also supporting programs and trainees during crisis situations. The team is happy to work with your department or unit to develop a presentation or workshop to address specific concerns or events. Common themes include:

    • coping strategies and resilience
    • crisis and suicide
    • ethics and multicultural competence
    • mood disorders
    • SMART goals
    • substance abuse
    • well-being
    • departmental consultations
    • traumatic event debriefings

Did you know?

Over the course of their medical training, 36% of IU School of Medicine MD students and 21% of residents and fellows sought services from the Department of Mental Health Services.

Based on graduation data from 2020

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