University Health Services (UHS) offers a safe and confidential environment with a variety of support services available free of charge and open to all graduate students.
- Getting started: UHS offers drop-in mental health consultations between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. This is the first stop for mental health counseling services, psychiatric services, wellness services, and disordered eating assessments and treatment.
- 24-hour crisis services: UHS has 24-hour crisis intervention services for students or those who are concerned about a student. Call 608-265-5600 (option 9), 24 hours a day, any day of the year
- If you're concerned about someone you know, UHS has helpful resources for faculty and friends of students.
- UHS also offers individual, couple/partner, and group counseling, as well as stress management and psychiatry services.
Below are examples of group counseling topics.
- Dissertators' Group – A supportive group environment focused on the emotional, behavioral, and organizational challenges associated with the dissertation process. Click here and open Support-Theme Groups for the schedule.
- Graduate Students' Group – This group examines the sources of stress, ways of coping, and the role of peer support in adjusting to a role that often feels like it's 24/7 as a graduate student. Click here and open Support-Theme Groups for the schedule.
- Graduate Women's Group – Through offering support to others and receiving support, group members are challenged to learn about themselves, initiate change, and exercise honesty in a safe space. Click here and open Support-Theme Groups for the schedule.
- Graduate Students of Color Support Group – UHS and the Multicultural Graduate Network will be offering a support group for graduate students who identify as persons of color (African American, African, Caribbean-American, Latino/a, Indian, Asian, Asian American Indian-American, Native American, etc). The group will explore ways in which their identity as a student of color affects their academic, personal, and social experience, through the lens of the unique identity as a graduate student. The group aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for students of color to explore feelings around racially oppressive experiences, strengthen self-concept through activities and discussion, and to help one another navigate academic and social experiences on campus. Wednesdays 12-1pm (beginning 1/25/17); EcoWell Studio (Room 1107), School of Human Ecology. Please feel free to bring your lunch.
The groups listed above are just a few examples. Additional groups address relationships, depression, anxiety, and other topics. Groups typically meet one to two hours weekly, and may run from four to 12 weeks per semester.
- Let's Talk – UHS offers drop-in consultations at locations around campus. It's free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for the schedule.
- Support for student military veterans – Student veterans transitioning to civilian life face unique challenges. UHS tailors support to this population including walk-in access to counselors experienced in working with veterans. Click here for more information.
- Sexual Violence Prevention Program – UHS provides an online violence prevention program, which all incoming graduate students at UW-Madison are expected to complete. Click here for more information.
- Graduate Survivor Support Group – This is a confidential drop-in support group for graduate and professional students who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual harassment who want a place to speak with other student survivors. Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm starting February 21 through April 18; 319 Educational Sciences.
- Victim Advocacy Open Access Hours – Drop-in support, information, and referral with confidential UHS victim advocates for students who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual harassment. Located on the 8th floor of UHS (333 East Campus Mall). Hours: Mondays 1-5pm, Wednesdays 1-5pm, Thursdays 9am-12pm.
- UWell – This is a comprehensive wellness initiative aiming to advance the health and wellbeing of the entire campus community by promoting existing resources. Visit UWell here.