Student Wellness

Our goal is to cultivate an environment that promotes, advocates for and supports the individual and collective wellbeing of our students. We offer a range of services and resources both on and off campus to help foster life skills for a healthy emotional and mental outlook.

 

Faculty and Staff Resources

More than 80 percent of college students feel overwhelmed during the academic year, according to statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses are increasingly common on college campuses—and seeking help when you need it has never been more important.

Online Screening

UNH Psychological and Counseling Services offers a variety of online screenings to help quickly determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a professional for an evaluation. These screenings are fast, anonymous and helpful in determining whether thoughts or behaviors may be associated with a common, treatable mental health issue.

take a screening

 
On-Campus Counseling

UNH Manchester has partnered with The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) to offer on-campus counseling services, including:

  • Free, confidential screening and consultation with a licensed mental health therapist
  • Referrals to mental health or substance misuse treatment
  • Assistance in understanding how to afford additional treatment (with or without insurance) as well as identifying free services

Counseling services are offered throughout the academic year at the Academic Advising office (student services suite, fourth floor). Schedule an appointment by calling (603) 641-4170, or stop by for an appointment during walk-in hours:
     Tuesdays | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
     Thursdays | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

If you would like to connect to counseling services directly, contact MHCGM at (603) 668-4111.

 
Online Resources

Life at college is both exciting and challenging, so we've gathered some resources and links that may be helpful to you or someone you know.

Faculty and Staff Resources

If there is an immediate threat to you or others, we encourage you to call 911.

You are not alone. Help is only a call or text away.

Get immediate support for a mental health or substance misuse crisis by contacting the Mobile Crisis Response Team 24/7 at (800) 688-3544. Mobile Crisis Response quickly and seamlessly sends mental health clinicians, peer support and recovery coaches directly to those in need.

The New Hampshire Addiction Crisis Line provides 24/7 free, confidential support by Certified Recovery Support Workers for substance use-related crises. Call 1-844-711-4357.

The Veterans Crisis Line provides free and confidential support 24/7 from caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs, many of whom are Veterans themselves. Call 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1.

Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to text with a Crisis Counselor, volunteers who are trained to support people in crisis. It usually takes less than five minutes to connect you with a trained Crisis Counselor.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support via phone or chat for people in distress as well as resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals. Call (800) 273-TALK (8255).

For victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, YWCA New Hampshire Crisis Services provides 24/7, free and confidential services. Call (603) 668-2299 or visit the office at 72 Concord Street in Manchester between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Trevor Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential crisis intervention and support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people. Call 1 (866) 488-7386 or text START to 678678.

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Call 1 (800) 931-2237 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (ET) Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m to 5 p.m. (ET) Fridays. For 24/7 crisis support, text 'NEDA' to 74174.

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Faculty and Staff Resources

It's important to take good care of your body and mind each day, but it's not always easy. Here are some self-care tips to help keep you healthy and resilient. 

  • Sleep. Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime to help increase healthy sleeping habits.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals. Eat breakfast daily to rev up your metabolism, pack healthy snacks and drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated.
  •  Exercise. Take advantage of the student discount at the YMCA, as exercise helps reduce stress.
  • Take breaks when you need them. When writing a paper or studying, take time to regroup and rest if you start feeling overwhelmed.
  • Set realistic goals. Setting both long-term and short-term goals can help you stay on track without the anxiety.
  • Lean on friends and family. Spending time with loved ones and getting involved on campus can reduce stress and enrich your college experience
  • Make time for yourself. Schedule "you" time to do something you love. Making time to do activities you enjoy helps reduce irritability and refocus priorities.

Detailed self-care guides for health, illness, nutrition, wellness and more are available online here.

Faculty and Staff Resources

With mental health needs growing in both number and severity on campus, faculty and staff have a shared responsibility to respond to students with care, compassion and concern for their personal well-being and academic success. UNH Psychological and Counseling Services offers some helpful resources to aid students who are in distress or may benefit from professional counseling.

Faculty and Staff FAQs Helping students in distress