RESOURCES FOR HELP

"There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help"

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Crisis Resources

24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 988

24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741

University Health Services (UHS) 24-Hour Crisis Line: 608-265-5600 (option 9)

Uwill: 

  • No cost virtual counseling for all students.
  • Appointments are typically available within 24 hours.

Journey Mental Health Center:

  • Emergency line: (608) 280-2600
  • For non-UW partners/friends/roommates or if you would like to talk to someone not affiliated with UW

Trevor Project Lifeline: (866) 488-7386

  • Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) people under 25 years old.
  • You can text/call/or chat online

Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860

Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255 (option 1)

  • You can text/call/or chat online

Additional University of Wisconsin-Madison Mental Health Resources – Get Help Now

Resources for Students

A group of masters students in the Nelson Institute Environmental Conservation program have an informal meeting outside on a warm day among the colors of the fall leaves on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during autumn on November 10, 2021. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to ensuring that all students have access to various forms of mental health and wellness resources.

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University Health Services: Mental Health Services

UHS Mental Health

UHS offers a safe and confidential environment with a variety of support services available free of charge and open to all students living in Wisconsin. These include individual, couple/partner, and group counseling, as well as stress management and psychiatry services. Those living out of state may access specific workshops, crisis support, Let’s Talk services, and Access providers for connection with care and resources in local communities or at UHS. Mental Health Services are currently being offered virtually (via phone or Zoom), plus some in-person outreach programs.

An Access Appointment is the entry point to services at Mental Health Services and is typically done over the phone. To schedule an Access Appointment, students should call Mental Health Services at 608-265-5600 (option 2) or log on to MyUHS for 24-hour appointment booking. In person appointments are available by request. This appointment will last about 20 minutes.

If there is a risk of suicide or concern about well-being of a student, call UHS 24-hour crisis service* to speak with an on-call counselor at 608-265-5600, option 9.  If a situation is immediately life threatening, call 911.

UHS Home Page

School of Nursing - Career & Student Success

The Career & Student Success Center offers a range of student wellness activities like humor therapy, relaxation therapy, sensory therapy, and creative art therapy.

Each month wellness activities are set up for students to experience while passing between classes and we hope it brings a moment of peace.

See Announcements & Events for current offerings.

UW-Madison NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a student organization dedicated to promoting mental health and fighting the stigma against mental illness through education, advocacy and support.

Group Counseling for Students

UW-Madison offers a wide array of groups for students that are interested in group counseling. Groups include (but are not limited to): ADHD skills training, Let’s F.A.C.E. It (helping students with anxiety and depression), Grad Resilience (for graduate students), Survivor Support Group, and Meditation Drop-In.

Additional groups can be found HERE, and address LGBTQ support, relationships, depression, anxiety, and other topics. Groups typically meet one to two hours weekly, and may run from four to 12 weeks per semester. These groups fill up very quickly, so students should enroll in these groups at the beginning of the semester.

Let's Talk: Confidential & Informal Sessions with a Mental Health Provider

Let’s Talk is a UHS no-cost program. These confidential and informal consultations with a mental health provider are by signing up HERE.

Wellness Initiatives: For Mind, Body, & Spirit

Wellness Initiatives – University Health Service’s interdisciplinary program is designed to assist students’ pursuit of healthy mind, body, and spirit. Programs address healthy living, nutritional counseling, mindfulness, exercise consultation, yoga, massage, stress management, and more.

Sexual Violence Prevention Program

Sexual Violence Prevention Program University Health Service provides an online sexual violence and misconduct prevention program, which all incoming graduate students at UW-Madison are required to complete.

Survivor Services

Survivor Services – Survivor Services provides confidential support for students who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking. Services include information and referral, individual and group counseling, and advocacy and accompaniments.

Graduate Support Groups

UW-Madison offers a wide array of groups for graduate students that are interested in group counseling. The groups listed below are just a few examples:

Dissertators’ Group – A supportive group environment focused on the emotional, behavioral, and organizational challenges associated with the dissertation process.

Graduate Students’ Support 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.

Graduate Students of Color Group For graduate students who identify as people of color, who may experience unique challenges, microaggressions, and lack of supports compared to their White peers and undergraduate counterparts.

Additional groups can be found HERE, and address LGBTQ support, relationships, depression, anxiety, and other topics. These groups fill up very quickly, so students should enroll in these groups at the beginning of the semester.

Graduate and Professional Student Assistance Specialist

The Graduate School and the Dean of Students Office jointly support a staff position focused on graduate student needs. Elaine Goetz-Berman serves in this role, which includes support, advocacy, and resource referral for graduate students.  Elaine’s approach to working with graduate students centers on her specialized knowledge about the unique academic and personal challenges they face.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund is a financial resource that was established through the generosity of donors. This resource is for nursing students who have encountered an unexpected, financial challenge or emergency that greatly inhibits their education.  These expenses may include limited access to food, lack of housing, or an emergency medical situation. If you would like to learn more and apply please CLICK HERE.

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) serves UW-Madison students on F and J visas by providing holistic support through advising on immigration, personal, and cultural matters, and by organizing events and activities to support students’ engagement and development within the campus community.

For Faculty & Staff

Students and faculty in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison gather in the Sewell Social Science Building to hear sociologist Matthew Desmond, author of the 2016-2017 Go Big Read work

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to ensuring that faculty & staff have access to various forms of mental health and wellness resources.

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UW-Madison Employee Assistance Office

“The well-being of all members of the University community is our highest priority. Appointments are available phone, video chat, or onsite at the Lowell Center using a video phone.”

For more information, visit the Employee Assistance Office website.

LifeMatters - 24/7 Service

“The Employee Assistance Office (EAO) has expanded its services to provide employees with free and confidential statewide coverage, and 24/7 telephone access to professional counselors in support of employees’ personal and work-related concerns.

Along with EAO, LifeMatters provides a wide variety of resources including training, financial and legal consultation, time saving searches, 1–5 sessions with a counselor for personal or work-related issues, and management consultation regarding workplace concerns.

Appointments with LifeMatters counselors are available in-person, via chat, text, or video.”

Access LifeMatters 24/7: Click HERE

Well-Being at UW-Madison

“Equity, diversity, inclusion and well-being are fundamental to the employee experience at UW–Madison. It is imperative to recognize the inextricable link between equity, diversity and inclusion with employee well-being.” To keep up to date, visit the Equity, Inclusion, and Employee Well-Being  website.

UW System Mental Health Resources

Resources to support the mental health needs of University of Wisconsin System employees can be accessed on this page.

UW System Employee Well-Being

UW System supports our employees in choosing well, doing well, and living well!

“At UW System, we take a holistic approach to supporting our employee’s well-being. We strive to provide options that support employees across the many dimensions of well-being.”

To learn more about UW System Employee Well-Being, visit their website!

Campus Supervisors Network

Campus Supervisors Network is a UW-Madison Community of Practice, that formed out of the desire for more communication and discussion between supervisors across campus.

The Campus Supervisors Network mission is to “support supervisors and managers in a welcome and safe environment to promote leadership and effective personnel management.”

To learn more about the Campus Supervisors Network, the available resources, and how it can support you in your role, visit: Campus Supervisors Network

Well Wisconsin Program

“Well Wisconsin is the uniform wellness program offered as part of the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program. This program is voluntary and provided at no cost to you and your spouse, if enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program. The program offers resources that can help you maintain or improve your current state of well-being and help lower your health risks and costs. There is also a monetary incentive available for you (and your spouse) to earn through the Program.”

To learn more or to participate in the Well Wisconsin Program, CLICK HERE