Personal well-being is a life-long journey.
To help guide that journey, we are building a culture of well-being across the University of Michigan.
Where students embrace the concept that success in life goes beyond the classroom and their careers.
Connecting them to the resources that facilitate finding deeper meaning, balance and purpose in their lives and a greater sense of vitality.
Through a holistic approach they can achieve personal and mindful awareness of well-being that is directly connected and relevant to their lives both now and in the future.
This is Personal Well-being at the University of Michigan.
U-M supports student well-being.
A central place for U-M student support: The Dean of Students Office (DOS) is a central place for students, parents, faculty and staff to seek assistance in navigating the complex issues of campus life; receive support; evaluate individual needs and review options for problem solving; and learn about available resources for a student struggling with a challenge or unmet need. Call 734-764-7420 or email DeanofStudents@umich.edu.
See also List of Academic Courses on Well-being and the resources below.
The role that you take in maintaining your body for strength, vitality and energy.
- University Health Service provides comprehensive clinical services, along with Wolverine Wellness
- Rec Sports - three recreational facilities, GroupX classes, intramural teams, training, Outdoor Adventures
- UHS Nutrition Clinic - the UHS Registered Dietician Nutritionist helps students navigate what to eat
- Body-Peace Corps - student org promoting positive body image and preventing eating disorders
- Sexperteam - student org educating on sexual health
- Yost Ice Arena - enjoy public skate!
Being aware and managing your feelings, being at peace with who you are, and having the tools you need to weather life's ups and downs.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) - workshops, individual counseling and more
- CAPS Wellness Zone - take a much-needed break on a massage chair
- UHS Wolverine Wellness - Wellness Coaching and more
- Wolverine Support Network - peer-facilitated groups and bi-weekly social events
- Campus MindWorks - website, support group and events, provided by the U-M Depression Center
- MI Talk website - mental health for U-M students
- Spectrum Center - for LGBTQ and questioning students
- BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students)
- IMEP (Individual Marijuana Education Program)
- SAPAC (Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center) - promotes healthy relationships, teaches non-violence and equality, supports survivor healing
- Office of Institutional Equity - supports diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency
- U-M Comprehensive Depression Center - diagnosing, treating, and eventually preventing depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses
- U-M Psychological Clinic - assists people with psychological and interpersonal difficulties and helps them enjoy happier lives.
- The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)
- The International Center
- Trotter Multicultural Center
Reflects the impact your environment (home, school, city, planet) has on you and the impact you have on the environment.
- Be a Green Wolverine! Student Sustainability Guide - what you can do to help
- Office of Campus Sustainability
- U-M Campus Farm
- Planet Blue - the campus' coordinated effort towards sustainability
- U-M Parking and Transportation Services - campus and city busses are free to U-M students
- Blue Bikes Rentals -- they're blue, fast, and have shocks
- Nichols Arboretum - move, breathe, repeat
- Our external environment can affect our well-being from a small scale (such as a roommate or home environment) to a larger scale (such as the Michigan campus environment). Check the Emotional Mental dimension for resources that cover how the external environment might affect us mentally/emotionally.
Your relationship with money and skills for managing resources, as well as your ability to make good consumer choices and seek out appropriate financial opportunities.
- Office of Financial Aid - learn your options, which may include work-study positions (great for occupational wellness too)
- CashCourse - learn about managing your money, available through the Office of Financial Aid
- Finance for Everyone: Smart Tools for Decision Making - this online course from U-M provides an introduction to finance
- Center for the Education of Women:
The work you choose to do and how it contributes to your community and fulfills you.
- University Career Center - workshops, coaching, and more
- Student Employment Office - work-study and non-work-study positions for students
- Get Involved - for volunteer opportunities at UHS
- Academic Support Services - how to learn how to learn
- The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning - get experiences that can be translated into job skills
- Center for the Education of Women - offers:
- Alumni Association - connect with alumni to learn about your fields of interest
How you choose to define and connect with your community and the people around you.
- Center for Campus Involvement - so many ways to get involved
- Maize Pages for U-M Student Organizations - consider joining a student org so you can find like-minded spirits
- U-M Events Calendar - so you never need to say, I'm bored
- Collegiate Recovery Program - a program for students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs
- The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning - volunteer, join an Alternative Spring Break, connect
- UMix Events - fun, free, late-night events
- Office of Greek Life - info on sororities and fraternities at U-M
- Central Student Government - info on CSG, student resources, and student org funding
Feeling stimulated and engaged with learning and staying open to new ideas and perspectives.
- U-M Event Calendar - dip your toes into new waters
- Academic Support Services - learn how to learn
- Services for Students with Disabilities - provides support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities
- Center for the Education of Women - offers career and education counseling
- U-M Museums - yeah, Michigan rocks in the museum department too
You understanding of your place and purpose, how you make meaning of what happens to you, and what your mind goes to for comfort or relief.
- Mindfulness lists places you can learn and practice
- Awaken Ann Arbor is "an inclusive community dedicated to non-dogmatic spiritual growth through a unique approach of practicing meditation, discovering one’s purpose and engaging in meaningful action"
- Spiritual Resources for U-M Students (PDF) -- a list of local faith communities
- CAPS Wellness Zone - relax and recharge
- Reflection Rooms in Pierpont Commons and the Michigan League - quiet spaces to relax, reflect