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Student Health & Wellness

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

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


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 institutional prevention education program takes a holistic approach to wellness and utilizes both primary prevention and risk reduction strategies to address the following areas of concern:

  • Alcohol/Drug Use and Abuse
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Stress and Anxiety

Supporting Mountaineers

Our office 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 two incredible opportunities 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 opportunities to get involved and gain support from your campus community. Connect with peers and discover helpful solutions with these organizations.

The SWEET Life members use their knowledge and shared experience to support their peers through this difficult time we call college. The SWEET Life spends their time hosting events, talking with peers and connecting them to campus and community resources. As a member, you can get involved with organizing campaigns, engaging in community coalitions, gaining experience as a Certified Peer Educator and creating a culture of wellness on the Western campus.

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults.

Additional 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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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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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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Alumni Community

Alumni Community

We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.