Emotional Wellness

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.

Counseling Center

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. Learn more here.

Prevention and Wellness Services

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

Suicide Prevention

WWU’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. Learn more here.

Men's Resiliency

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. Learn more here.

THRIVE Peer Health Educators

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. Learn more here.

For Faculty and Staff: WWU Red Folder Project

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. Learn more here.