Using On-Campus Services

What care do you think you might need while at school? Being prepared before you go to school will save you time and help connect you to needed services faster. Locate your student health and/or counseling center’s website and become familiar with its location, hours, services offered, and emergency numbers. Many colleges and universities have a website or web page where available health services are posted and possibly an online option or portal to make appointments. Your student health center will provide information about resources in the community and services that are connected to your university that can help you with your physical and mental health care.

Many colleges and universities have student health centers where students can receive the following common services:

  • Treatment for minor illnesses (like respiratory infections, gastrointestinal issues, urinary tract infections, rashes)
  • Treatment for injury
  • Counseling and other mental health services
  • Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Contraception
  • Well-woman exams

Many colleges have a student counseling center and some have a student wellness or health promotion center or office. The wellness or health promotion office may be part of the student health center or counseling center, or it could be a separate office. A wellness or health promotion center usually provides prevention and education on health and wellness topics that are relevant to college students, such as alcohol and drug education, stress management, sexual assault prevention, and many more. The wellness center may provide free or low-cost services to students. Check your school’s website to see if a wellness or health promotion office exists and what types of services they provide.

 

My first semester, I dealt with the death of a close friend. In addition, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and I felt like I needed to be the support system of the family. I became so sick I wouldn’t eat, I was steadily losing weight, and I was having a hard time with my classes. If it wasn’t for the help of my advisor, the Accessibility Resource Center, and resources like the counseling center, I am not sure that I would have made it successfully into my sophomore year.

Trene’t Schill, University of Cincinnati