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Wellness at Northwestern

Educating our students in making healthy decisions that enhance individual success and community well-being

Wellness is an ongoing process and a life-long journey, not a one-time event. Northwestern encourages and supports our students in taking action on all eight interconnected dimensions of wellness in order to build everyday habits, which improve quality of life. It may also help individuals live longer, manage current health conditions, and support recovery from illness, injury, and addiction.

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About the 8 Dimensions

About the 8 Dimensions

About the 8 Dimensions

Wellness means overall well-being. It is an ongoing process and a life-long journey, not a one-time event. Health Promotion and Wellness, along with many other campus offices, encourages and supports Northwestern students in taking action on all eight interconnected dimensions of wellness in order to build everyday habits, which improve quality of life. It may also help individuals live longer, manage current health conditions, and support recovery from illness, injury, and addiction.

Wellness Feature

#SuicidePrevention

It's OK to Talk About Suicide

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Annually, 11.8% of young adults aged 18 to 25 have serious thoughts of suicide. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students which is a statistic that has yet to take into account the isolating effects of the pandemic. Around 54% of Americans report being affected by suicide because of the high rates.   

Though these figures are worrying, suicide is preventable. Oftentimes, individuals will exhibit behavior or make comments that indicate their contemplation of suicide.  If we as a Northwestern community are attentive to our peers and aware of the resources available, we can ensure that our students, faculty, and staff can have a safe and supported return to campus. The transition back to on-campus activities and rigorous schedules is incredibly stressful. This time of change is the opportune moment to take care of yourself and the people around you.  

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness month, here are a few key resources offered by Northwestern and outside sources. You do not need to be a mental health professional to take advantage of these resources and make a profound difference in someone’s life.  

This is not an exhaustive list, and there are plenty of resources that pertain to specific identities or scenarios. We encourage you to do your own research and ask questions if you are looking for something different than what you see below.  

Direct Service 

  • The Crisis Text Line is available if you text HOME to 741741 
  • The Trevor Project supports LGBTQIA+ youth - their lifeline is 1-866-488-7386 or you can text START to 678-678  

Training  

  • Mental Health First Aid provides trainings across the country on how to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance-use related crisis 

Advocacy  

  • Northwestern has a number of student-run organizations at the undergraduate level that focus on the mental health of the student body or the greater community 
  • The City of Evanston and NAMI Chicago sites list nonprofits and government organizations related to suicide prevention that accept donations or volunteers 

Additional Resources  

Wellness in Action

Health Promotion and Wellness

Health Promotion and Wellness (HPaW) is the primary provider of health promotion, education, and prevention programs and services on alcohol, other drugs, and wellness issues for Northwestern University students. HPaW engages students through campus-wide, group, and individual educational initiatives.

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Drop-in Meditation

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In Focus

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Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine and What it Means for Returning to Pre-Pandemic Ways of Life

The quick creation and continued rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine are bringing hope to ending the pandemic soon, allowing us to slowly return to a sense of normalcy. However, until you are fully vaccinated (and even when you are) it is imperative to continue practicing proven mitigating behaviors like properly wearing a mask, socially and physically distancing, washing hands, and getting tested when you feel ill. Continue to follow Northwestern's COVID-19 guidelines and expectations.

"To understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, it helps to first look at how our bodies fight illness. When germs, such as the virus that causes COVID-19, invade our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness. Our immune system uses several tools to fight infection. Blood contains red cells, which carry oxygen to tissues and organs, and white or immune cells, which fight infection. Different types of white blood cells fight infection in different ways." Click to learn more.