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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

#MentalHealthAwareness

MIND, Body, and Spirit

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Your mental health is a pillar to your overall wellbeing and the past 14 months have tested many of us more than ever before. Prior to the pandemic though, more attention has been given to the need to support mental health. As we close out the month of May and the academic year, we want to focus on this critical component to wellbeing to help you better understand this area of wellness and connect with resources that can help both now and moving into your next chapter.

 While 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness over the course of their lifetimes, everyone will face challenges that can affect their mental health.  Yet nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental health illness never seek treatment.  Recognizing your feelings, finding the routines that lift you up, removing toxic influences, and connecting with others can all help you on your path to recovery as you develop your own positive mental health strategies.

Northwestern has a multitude of services to support your emotional and mental wellbeing. From CAPS to RSL, from Wellness Coaching to BREATH, there is something to get you started in exploring your needs connected to mental wellness.

 Beyond the University, countless organizations exist that can provide additional information and connect you to the best service to meet your needs. NAMI, SAMHSA, NIMH, and the JED Foundation are just a few not to mention instant support through the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK and National Helpline 800-662-HELP.

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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Events (Click For More)

Behold, Be Held

August 5, All Day
Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive

“And I know what it’s like to behold and not be held.” – Moses Sumney, Lyrics from his song Plastic (2014) In Fall 2020,...

Behold, Be Held

August 6, All Day
Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive

“And I know what it’s like to behold and not be held.” – Moses Sumney, Lyrics from his song Plastic (2014) In Fall 2020,...

Daily Mass

August 6, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Sheil Catholic Center, 2110 Sheridan Road

Daily Mass Join us for daily Mass at the Sheil Catholic Center chapel during the academic year on weekdays at 5 p.m.  Du...

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.