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Student Health & Wellness

Supporting the health and well-being of the Western community.

Western’s Department of Student Health & Wellness provides education, assessment, formalized trainings and engagement opportunities for students. With more resources and peer support, students have the tools to succeed in academics and thrive on campus.

Overview

Supporting your health and well-being is our top priority.

Western realizes that health and wellness is essential to academic, personal and professional success. Our program takes a holistic approach to wellness and uses both prevention education and risk reduction strategies to address the following areas:

  • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Stress and Anxiety

Supporting Mountaineers

Our department provides health and wellness resources that promote growth and student success at Western.

Spaces to connect

Getting involved and meeting new people helps students build a stronger support system on campus.

Get Involved

We have an incredible opportunity for students to get involved on campus.

If you’re going through a difficult time, you don’t have to navigate it alone. The Office of Health & Wellness provides an opportunity to get involved and gain support from your campus community. Connect with peers and discover helpful solutions with these organizations.

Western utilizes a best-practice peer educator model to create and implement campus health and wellness programs. Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are trained as a Certified Peer Educator to help their fellow Mountaineers non-judgmentally make safe, healthier decisions and access needed resources.  They provide interactive and fun events and learning opportunities for students, campus groups, in classes, and in the community!

Get Connected

  • Reach out to your PHEs to present information in a nonjudgmental matter. They give facts and information to help students make their own choices. Email peereducator@western.edu (this still needs to be set-up)
  • Connect on the Student Health and Wellness Canvas course – PHEs maintain content and provide updates– and Instagram @peerhealtheducator_western.
  • Visit PHEs during their Office Hours at the UC. See current semester Office Hours.
  • Apply to be a Peer Health Educator by filling out this form.

Resources

Medical Team

Gunnison Valley Health (GVH) is the contracted provider for Western’s Campus Medical Clinic, located in Tomichi Hall 104, which provides medical coverage for current and incoming students.

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University Counseling Center

Gunnison Valley Health (GVH) practitioners provide on-site counseling services through the Counseling Center. Located in Crystal Hall 104, Western’s Counseling Center provides support to students, faculty and staff…

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CARE Team

The mission of the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is to promote student, faculty and staff success and campus safety by identifying individuals who demonstrate behaviors…

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Gunnison Safe Ride

Safe Ride of Gunnison encourages the responsible use of alcohol and safer roads by providing non-judgmental “No Questions Asked” rides and promoting alcohol education and awareness programs to the Gunnison community.

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Additional Resources

See a valuable list of Student Health & Wellness resources.

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Department Information

Student Health & Wellness

Nicole Swaggerty, MPH

Director of Student Health and Wellness

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
1 Western Way
University Center 103
Gunnison, CO 81231

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