New, Returning Students Encouraged to Explore Health and Wellness Resources
As new and returning students settle in to the first few weeks of classes, it is important to know about the number of on-campus health and wellness resources available.
The Counseling Center, Department of Recreation Services, Office of Health Promotion, Health Services, and Office of Student Assistance provide students with access to trained, experienced professionals who support their overall well-being through services and programs that promote healthy minds, bodies, spirits and communities.
“Our health and wellness units approach their work in a holistic way, aiming to promote students’ overall emotional, physical, social and mental well-being,” says Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz, senior vice president and dean of student affairs. “Through our robust services, we are able to support students in their learning by removing barriers and addressing their health needs. Additionally, through each of our offices’ outreach efforts, we are able to educate and raise awareness about important health and wellness resources and issues that impact our student body.”
Get to know each of the health and wellness units and the services they provide:
200 Walnut Place, 315.443.4715, counselingcenter.syr.edu
The Counseling Center provides a range of services that address mental health, sexual assault and relationship violence, and substance abuse issues. These confidential services include individual counseling, group therapy, consultation, referrals and advocacy. The Counseling Center also provides 24/7 crisis services for students needing support during a mental health emergency. The Sexual and Relationship Violence Response (SRVR) Team within the Counseling Center is also available 24/7 for students who are seeking support for sexual assault or relationship violence. The SRVR Team provides students with support services, advocacy and counseling, and will discuss reporting options. Students, faculty and staff can also reach out to the Counseling Center for consultations if they have concerns for another student.
111 Waverly Ave, Suite 006, 315.443.3514, healthpromotion.syr.edu
The Office of Health Promotion provides prevention and education services that focus on the health and well-being of all students. These include trainings, peer education programs, early intervention strategies and student programming focused on areas such as sexual and relationship violence, mental health and substance use. Their services aim to enhance students’ personal skills and safety. Students interested in getting involved to educate and support their peers can also work with this office as peer educators. Peer educator programs include the Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS), Mental Wellness Peer Educators and BE Wise Peer Educators.
111 Waverly Ave, 315.443.9005, health.syr.edu
Health Services provides student-centered health care and wellness services, including general health maintenance services, evaluation and treatment of common acute illnesses, ambulatory care and medical transport, vaccinations, STD counseling and testing, women’s wellness care, nutrition counseling and more. Health Services is also home to the Student Health Insurance Office, a dedicated resource to assist students with the student health insurance plan, the Health Services Pharmacy and the Syracuse University Ambulance.
The Department of Recreation Services manages and operates multiple recreation facilities across campus, including gymnasiums, fitness centers, the Outdoor Education Center and the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion. Within these facilities students have access to fitness classes, personal training, fitness equipment and a swimming pool. In addition, Recreation Services coordinates student recreation programs such as intramurals, Late Night at the Gym, outdoor adventure trips, open figure skating and learn-to-skate, and sport clubs.
315.443.4357 (HELP), firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Assistance serves as a central resource to support students and families facing crises, life traumas or other barriers that impede their success. The office helps to address needs of students who may be struggling with psychological health, physical health, victimization, sexual and relationship violence, or social adjustment concerns. The services offered include case management, advocacy and support, absence notifications, leaves of absence, emergency loans, and more. In addition to the services provided directly to students, Student Assistance also provides consultations to faculty, staff and students who may be concerned about another student in distress.