Your students' wellness includes more than just physical health. Here at UNC, we take a holistic approach to wellness that considers multiple dimensions of individual wellness: emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, financial, spiritual, and occupational. Each dimension is important to a students' overall wellness and finding a balance among all dimensions is the key to thriving.
Holistic wellness is an active process that focuses on bringing balance into a student's life and helps them achieve a sense of well-being. Checking in with your student can be a helpful way to encourage them to take those active steps. Here are some questions you could ask your student to start the conversation:
- It's nice to not have school all day like you used to. How are you enjoying your new college schedule?
- It sounds like you're struggling in your _____ class. Have you made an appointment with any of the tutors in the Division of Student Success?
- What do you have planned for your first weekend at college?
- How's it going balancing class time and hanging out with everyone you've met?
- What kinds of things are you interested in outside of class?
- Finals are coming up. Which ones are you most nervous about? Have you been able to take time for self-care to de-stress and relax before finals?
Knowing about and offering campus resources to your student can be a supportive way to help your student thrive at UNC, but remember, it is up to the student to take the active steps to access campus resources if they choose to do so. Below are some resources on campus that students can access to address the various dimensions of health and wellness.
Students are encouraged to use the Student Health Center when they are experiencing illness, or if they have any health-related questions or concerns. The Student Health Center Medical Clinic accepts and bills most all insurance companies. When seeking services, please bring your personal insurance card, present it at the time of your visit along with a photo ID, and pay your co-pay if you have one, just as you would at your own doctor's office.
The Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling services, and is a safe place for your student to talk about issues or concerns that are impacting them. Clinical services provided by the Counseling Center include individual, couples and group counseling. The Center is a doctoral and masters level training site that offers mental health consultation support and liaison partnerships with specific departments.
Prevention Education & Advocacy Services
Prevention Education & Advocacy Services utilizes Peer Educators to provide comprehensive education about wellness issues impacting students, including alcohol and other substance use; mental health and associated stigma; sexual health; healthy relationships; gender violence; and violence prevention. Prevention Education oversees the Center for Peer Education.
Advocacy Services specializes in providing crisis response and advocacy to members of the campus community who have been impacted by sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking. Advocacy Services oversees the Assault Survivors Advocacy Program, a confidential resource for both victims/survivors of gender violence and concerned others. They also provide a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline which can be reached at 970-351-4040.
Fitness and Wellness
The UNC Fitness and Wellness program provides integrated programs, resources and services, in order to promote healthy lifestyles, create opportunities for positive behavior modification, and enhance student academic success.
Student Outreach and Support
The University of Northern Colorado Student Outreach and Support (SOS) office fosters student development, engagement, and success by assisting students during difficult circumstances which may include medical, mental health, personal or family crisis, illness or injury. SOS Case Managers coordinate with referral sources; make appropriate referrals and provide follow-up to address unique needs of each student. SOS focuses on reducing the impact of an incident or behavior on the student, faculty, staff, and UNC community.
To share a concern, submit a report online.
Office of Student Life
The Office of Student Life provides programs and services that foster a sense of belonging, an inclusive campus, and opportunities for learning and growth. Students can get involved on campus through events sponsored by the Office of Student Life as well as through volunteer opportunities. Joining clubs and organizations or fraternity and sorority life are great ways for students to meet others and find their "home" here on campus.
Career Services is passionate about working with, and supporting UNC students in determining and implementing their career related goals. Whether it is assisting students with deciding on a major or learning ways to gain experience and employment within a chosen career or industry, Career Services is eager to work with students on learning more about who they are now, and who they will be after UNC. It is never too early to visit Career Services!
The Office of Financial Aid connects you and your family to financial solutions such as Grants, Scholarships, Student Employment and loans to help you bridge the gap between what you can afford to pay for your college expenses and the cost of attending. The Financial Aid Office also offers helpful resources and information about work study and campus employment. UNC offers a variety of scholarships to help pay for the cost of education.
Tutorial Services (TS) provides free peer-led tutoring services and academic skills sessions to UNC students enrolled in undergraduate-level courses.
One of the greatest strengths of TS is its organization as a centralized program with additional satellite and night tutoring options. TS is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and serves UNC students and the larger campus community by promoting student academic achievement, retention, and persistence through degree completion.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a non-remedial support program that targets large, academically challenging, general education classes. Open to all students enrolled in the course, SI provides assistance through regularly scheduled study sessions that begin during the second or third week of the semester. Our SI leaders are upper-level UNC students who hold three 1-to-2 hour sessions each week to review course content, facilitate student-centered learning activities, and foster independent learning strategies. National research data show that SI students earn higher exam and course grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants. Also, national data demonstrate higher re-enrollment and graduation rates for SI participants.