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Health Promotion Office

Mental Wellness

The level of stress amongst university students is increasing at an alarming rate. According to the 2017 National College Health Assessment results:

  • 64% of University of Rochester students felt overwhelming anxiety within the previous 12 months
  • 90% felt overwhelmed by all they had to do
  • Over 60% of students reported feeling lonely, sad, and hopeless
  • 50–65% of students reported not feeling rested in the morning and sleepy during the day

Are stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep having a negative impact on your life? Check out our mental wellness programs! We’ll show you stress management and relaxation techniques, teach you health sleep strategies, and demonstrate that it’s possible to bounce back from failures and thrive.


Zzzz to A’s Sleep Challenge

Are you sleepy all day but then can’t shut your brain off at night? Many students struggle to get a good night’s sleep, which can lead to decreased focus, memory impairment, and increased stress. In fact, about 25% of Rochester students report their academic performance was adversely affected by sleep in the last 12 months.

Time to start catching those Zzzzs at night and turning them into As in the classroom! Our online program provides students with practical tips and strategies to calm the mind for a better night’s sleep. The 21-day challenge includes:

  • An online or in-person presentation covering the science and physiology of sleep and sleep disorders.
  • Informational emails about sleep & diet, caffeine & alcohol consumption, technology use, and environmental factors that disrupt sleep.
  • Relaxation and mindfulness training.
  • Practical tips of the day.
  • Sleep logs and other helpful tracking tools.
  • Opportunities to sign up for a sleep makeover assessment.
  • Free nap kit and raffle prizes!

Registration for this new online program is open all year and students can begin any time. To sign up, visit our registration page (available on February 1st). Upon registration you will receive an email to complete a sleep questionnaire. After that, participants will benefit from daily quick tips and weekly educational emails.


Mindfulness and Meditation

More mindful. Less stressed. Better sleep. Less self-judgement.

Mindfulness & Meditation is a 4-week workshop where you will cultivate mindfulness and meditation skills. Through learning how to be more mindful, you may experience less stress, better sleep and less self-judgment. Beyond simply decreasing your stress, this course offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life.

Read more & register…


Feel Fabulous in February

This is a month of programming, activities, and events focused on the topic of building student resiliency. Examples of our programming include:

  • “I Bounced Back” discussion panel
  • Stress management workshops
  • Week of Gratitude
  • Nature outings
  • Vision board and reflection stone creation
  • Giving a Compliment poster
  • Day of the Dogs
  • Pay-it-forward activities

Look for the 2018 Feel Fabulous in February program schedule in January.


De-Stress Fest

students playing games The De-Stress Fest is an opportunity to engage in a variety of fun, stress-relieving activities during midterms. Two events, held in Havens Lounge in Wilson Commons, are held each academic year. Enjoy soothing music, calming tea, and more.

Each De-Stress Fest is different. Activities may include:

  • Board games
  • Chair massages
  • Puzzles
  • Craft table
  • Stress balls
  • Therapy dogs

 Paws for Stress Relief

two collies wearing bandannasCome pet the puppies! Paws for Stress Relief brings therapy dogs to campus for students to spend some time with. This monthly program occurs on the fourth Monday in the Goergen Athletic Center, 6–7:30 p.m. The Health Promotion Office also provides educational information, fun activities, and stress-relief giveaways such as lavender sachets or stress balls.

Save the date for upcoming Paws for Stress Relief programs:

Fall 2017 Semester Spring 2018 Semester
September 18 January 22
October 23 February 26
November 27 March 26
December 11 April 23
May 7