You’ve made one of the best decisions you can make for your future: the pursuit of higher education.
But we know, as with life, college brings unique challenges and pressures. Part of the life-long learning process is understanding the importance of your personal well-being and figuring out how to effectively manage your health.
The University has established resources to create a community of care to help you prioritize your personal well-being journey, and we have resources and services for you no matter where. We hope this message and the resources below help you succeed, both academically and personally, at Niner Nation.
The Health and Wellbeing unit on campus is comprised of five unique departments:
- The Center for Integrated Care, a new department, helps students navigate campus and community wellness resources through individual consultations, case management, referrals, and follow-up care.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers services such as in-person counseling and referrals, telehealth consultations, crisis assistance, group therapy, self-help resources and after-hours support through ProtoCall.
- University Recreation (UREC) includes a variety of fitness and wellness opportunities such as yoga and exercise for stress reduction as well as club and intramural sports to support your belonging and engagement.
- The Center for Wellness Promotion (CWP) supports those coping with intimate partner violence, alcohol and other drug recovery, and delivers wellness education.
- The Student Health Center provides general health checks, medication management and psychiatric assessment, nutrition counseling and more.
Spring Programs & Trainings
- Amplify Your Wellbeing promotes campus health services and other student wellness initiatives. Look for the signature Wellness Block Party event later this spring.
- Mental Health First Aid and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) focus specifically on mental health and suicide prevention. Registration is open now for students, faculty and staff for multiple training sessions throughout the spring semester.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Another important resource is the new three-digit dialing code, 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, offering 24/7 access to crisis counselors. When you call, text or chat 988 anywhere in the U.S., you will be connected to trained professionals who can help if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance abuse crisis, or other emotional distress.
Campus Departments & Student Organizations
- The Office of Disability Services supports students who may be navigating a wide variety of documented disabilities, including mental health disorders and chronic medical illnesses, by working together to plan reasonable accommodations.
- Atkins Library offers a Self-Care Collection of free, loanable devices and books for students to check out when they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, funded by Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.
- Active Minds, a campus chapter of the national organization focused on mental health advocacy and discussion, brings students together to support and guide one another with positivity and open-mindedness.
- The Niner Nation Cares website serves as an information resource for Niner Nation to understand ways to stay safe on and off campus, along with health protocols in place on campus.
- The Niner Needs website can connect you with a variety of campus services for basic needs like food/housing insecurity, legal services and financial assistance.
- The online Care and Concern referral is a way to inform the University of concerns; information will be routed to the appropriate University office to assist students with getting connected to campus support services.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions as to what we can do better to support you and your fellow students. We have open doors and a willingness to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to reach out to one or both of us. You can also follow @clt_wellbeing on social media.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to save this email. Keeping this information on hand for yourself or others may be useful, now or in the future.
We wish you success in this new semester. Let’s take care of each other for a safer, healthier Niner Nation.