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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)
  • Challenges with relationships, activities or the ability to use typical coping skills
  • Family issues

Make an appointment

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 are 60-90 minutes and subsequent appointments are 30 minutes. These are both available in-person and remotely, via Zoom.

  • Opt Out Wellness Checks

    The Department of Mental Health Services offers opt out wellness checks to interns (PGY1s), in collaboration with residency programs. Programs set up these 30-minute appointments, during which interns 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 are designed to meet the specific needs of intern year and help interns learn about the department and its services, destigmatize mental health services, reduce barriers to starting mental health care, and potentially reduce stress. After completing the wellness check, all interns are offered the opportunity to continue with mental health services, if they are interested. Programs interested in offering these visits to their interns should reach out for more information. Programs interested in offering wellness services to non-intern trainees should reach out to learn about other available options.

  • 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
  • Targeted Therapy Sessions

    Trainees may reach out to schedule a visit focused on a single issue to help them identify strategies to manage their concerns and develop an action plan going forward. Appointments are generally 50 minutes long and available both in-person and remotely, via Zoom.

Unsure which type of therapy best meets your needs?

  Targeted Therapy Urgent Visit Psychotherapy
Description  A single session designed to focus on one stressor or concern and provide a clear action plan for how to manage the issue and move forward by the end of the appointment. Designed to focus on an issue that requires immediate support. Available within 1-2 days.
Designed to increase awareness and use self-reflection to build a range of skills, including developing coping strategies for ongoing challenges or managing chronic mental health needs.
Types of issues addressed
  • Planning for a difficult conversation
  • Learning conflict resolution strategies
  • Thinking through a major decision
  • Needing ideas for building better school-life or work-life balance
  • Coping with disappointing news
  • Recurring thoughts of self-harm
  • Recent traumatic experience
  • Coping with extremely stressful news
  • Extreme difficulty managing emotions or completing daily tasks
  • Managing anxiety, depression, or other mental health diagnoses
  • Building skills related to ADHD or other academic/work related needs
  • Addressing ongoing relationship issues
How long
is the appointment?
50 minutes 50 minutes
50 minutes
Where do we meet?
Both in-person and tele-health visits are available.
Both in-person and tele-health visits are available.
Both in-person and tele-health visits are available.
How do I schedule?
Log-in to the portal, click “Schedule an appointment” and, when prompted, select “Targeted Therapy Session.” You can then select the best day/time for your visit.
Reach out to the front desk by either calling 317-278-2383 or going to the portal and selecting “Read or Send a Secure Message.” Click “New Message” and then “Appointment Request.” The front desk will get you seen as quickly as possible.
Log-in to the portal, click “Schedule an appointment” and, when prompted, select “General Need.” You can then select the best day/time for an intake phone call to get started.
What if I need additional help?
A follow-up plan will be created. After time to implement the plan and reflect on its efficacy, you may have the opportunity for additional sessions with the same therapist.
A follow-up therapy session will be scheduled, if appropriate. If additional urgent appointments are needed, they will be scheduled, as well.  
Follow-up visits are generally scheduled at the end of each appointment.

Did you know?

During the 2020-2021 academic year alone, the Department of Mental Health Services served 821 patients and 27% of all IU School of Medicine trainees. In fact, over the course of their medical training, 38% of MD students and 27% of residents and fellows sought services from the Department of Mental Health Services.

Frequently Asked Questions