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Student and Resident Behavioral Health

Student and Resident Behavioral Health

Welcome! The Medical College of Wisconsin recognizes its students and residents work hard, long and responsibly. We are aware the demands of education training and service to patients can produce a variety of stressors for individuals and their families. Student and Resident Mental Health Services provides a comprehensive program to meet these professional and personal mental health needs. We value your dedication and hope you find these resources helpful.

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For Students

All new intakes and inquiries about services will go through our new Student Assistance Program, ComPsych. Please call 1 (833) 927-1860. The intake coordinator there will guide you to the right resource for you. This may be one of their network of psychotherapists across the state or through MCW's Student Behavioral Health services in the Department of Psychiatry in Milwaukee or one of the contracted local providers at our regional campuses. It means more choices for you and expanded benefits: 10 sessions per academic year at no charge to you.

For Residents and Fellows

Call our intake line: (414) 955-8933. There is a Monday evening Housestaff Clinic that runs until 7:00 p.m., or other expanded hours can be made available. Discuss options with our intake coordinator, Carolyn Bischel, LPC. If you want to avoid phone tag, email Ms. Bischel at MCWAH offers 3 sessions per academic year at no charge to you. After that, you may use your insurance.

Ways to Reduce Stress

Watch David Cipriano, PhD, as he offers 10 quick strategies to change your mood from negative to positive.

Awkward Silence Presents: Seize the Awkward

Having a conversation about mental health might be uncomfortable, but it can make all the difference.

View the Awkward Silence Presents: Seize the Awkward | Friendship & Mental Health | Ad Council video today!

Visit the Seize the Awkward website

Beat Stigma. Start the Conversation.

Do you have a hard time finding the right words when talking to someone who is struggling? Reference these helpful examples (PDF) for your future conversations.

David Cipriano, PhDDavid J. Cipriano, PhD

Associate Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Director, Student and Resident Behavioral Health

(414) 955-8954 | Pager number: (414) 314-5562

View list of Milwaukee-based Student Organizations.

SilverCloud, a Self-Guided Mental Health Resource for Students

SilverCloud is a free, self-guided, interactive mental health resource available to all MCW students, offering online programs for anxiety, depression and stress. Students can complete modules to help with a variety of topics, including sleep, relaxation, grief and loss, self-esteem and more.

For new users, please log into MCWconnect and visit the Student Life tab. Here, you will find instructions, including the required PIN, on how to set up an account. You will be prompted to create your own unique password.

For returning users, you may log into SilverCloud at any time with your username and password through this link:

SilverCloud is a supportive tool, but its content is not intended to be a substitute for professional mental health advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you need specific advice or assistance, please contact your medical provider.

ThriveTogether Student Support Groups

Talking with other students and hearing their stories can be so helpful, especially when you think you are the only one feeling this way. Groups meet the 4th Thursday of each month from 12-1 p.m. through Zoom. Join monthly session.

Take Your Mental Health Vitals: Self Assessment Tools

Take Your Mental Health Vitals: Self Assessment Tools

The Stress and Depression Questionnaire is a valuable tool to help you connect with resources if you are struggling with depression or anxiety. It is completely anonymous, but at the same time interactive because a member of our clinic will respond if need be. The instructions at the site will explain further.
Complete questionnaire
Self Care

Self Care

Resources for nutrition, exercise, and relationship self care.
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Access wellbeing information and resources.
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Sleep-Related Fatigue in Medical Training

Presentation by David J. Cipriano, PhD

View PowerPoint (PDF)
Are you Helping Someone Else?

Are you Helping Someone Else?

Learn more about how to help others, and mental health first aid.
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Let's Talk About Suicide

Let's Talk About Suicide

How to help someone who is suicidal, and other useful information.

Additional resource: Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website.

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Grief Support Groups

Grief Support Groups

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County

Free, local peer groups welcome children, youth, and families who grieve loss due to death, divorce, addiction, incarceration, deportation, or military deployment.

Learn more

Contact Us

General: (414) 955-8950
Referral Coordinator: Carolyn Bischel, MS, LPC
(414) 955-8933 |

During Business Hours
(414) 955-8933

1 (833) 927-1860 ComPsych (students only)

After Business Hours
(414) 805-6700

Green Bay
Counseling services available in partnership with St. Norbert College
(920) 403-3045

Central Wisconsin
Counseling services available in partnership with Elmergreen and Associates
(715) 845-7175

24/7 Support - Provided by Resources Outside of MCW
Support available at no cost through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255

The Crisis Text Line
Provides Free Crisis Support via Text Message:
-Text START to 741741
-Additional information and support available on their website

Green Bay - Family Services of NE Wisconsin
Crisis Support Line
(920) 436-8888

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Crisis Support Line
(414) 257-7222
(414) 257-6300 (for hearing impaired)

Wausau - North Central Health Care
Crisis Hotline
(715) 845-4326
(800) 799-0122

The Trevor Project
LGBT Intervention and Suicide Prevention Hotline
(866) 488-7386

Student and Resident Behavioral Health Google map location