Emotional Wellness at Western

Practicing self-care, building your resiliency, and managing your stress in healthy ways are important life skills for your experiences at Western and beyond. Western offers support for individuals, including crisis support, as well as programs and workshops to support our community.

If you are thinking about suicide, worried about a friend or loved one, or in need of emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. You are not alone.

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The Counseling Center supports student success and psychological well-being through culturally sensitive clinical services, outreach, and consultation. Services include short-term individual counseling, crisis services, group counseling, workshops such as the weekly Wellness Wednesdays series, outreach programming such as Beat the Blues, and referral to off-campus providers.

Prevention and Wellness Services

Prevention and Wellness Services offers the following programs focused specifically on mental and emotional wellness:

Western’s Suicide Prevention Program provides a systematic approach to preventing suicide and promoting emotional wellness on campus. We work to promote “upstream” approaches to emotional wellness and suicide prevention. Among the approaches we utilize are programs that assist students in developing life skills, strengthening relationships, improving wellness and academic performance.  We also collaborate with campus partners to end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Men’s Resiliency aims to promote a positive and healthy collegiate experience for  male-identified students. We strive to increase mental and physical wellness while encouraging a proactive approach to healthier living. Men’s Resiliency challenges cultural male-normative expectations of masculinities with the goal of creating a healthier campus environment for all.

THRIVE works to support the emotional, mental, and social well-being of the Western community. This is accomplished by developing programs that help students to manage academic pressures, foster and maintain social supports, and provide suicide awareness and prevention.

For Faculty and Staff

Western's Red Folder Project is a campus-wide initiative to help faculty and staff recognize, respond effectively to, and refer students in distress. The Red Folders are designed to be used as a quick-reference guide when supporting students who are experiencing distress. If you are a Western faculty or staff member and you would like a Red Folder, please contact pws@wwu.edu.

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Create Your Own Wellness Plan!

Whether you are a new or returning student, a new academic year is both exciting and stressful. In this time of readjustment and flexibility, there is even more opportunity for stress. It can be helpful to think in advance about what your existing resources are, as well as researching what additional resources are available for you here at Western. Check out some information about various tools that help with wellness, and use the template on the back to personalize your own Western Wellness Plan!