Holistic Vision of Wellness
Denison believes that our students are best served with a holistic approach to their health, one that encompasses five basic tenets of health:
Personal Health is about mind, body and spirit. This is what many people think of when they consider health: having good physical health, liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
Denison has several resources in place to help you achieve personal health:
- The Whisler Center for Student Wellness is home to both medical and behavioral health services. Information about hours and appointments.
- The Open House Center for Religious and Spiritual Life offers a community for people from a wide array of religious faiths and spiritualities. The Open House welcomes the entire campus to secular programs such as yoga and meditation, as well as interfaith dialogue and religious events, including Christmas, Diwali, Easter, Eid, Holi, Passover, and many others.
Community Health is about how you feel about your place in the community. Community health examines the questions: “How do you like where you live?” “Do you feel safe?” “Are you engaged in the campus?”
Community health is addressed through our Residential Community program. Basic housing issues are answered here. And the Residential Community program focuses on the cultivation of community in residence halls, with leadership development, civic engagement, creative problem solving and the embrace of diversity as core values.
Financial Health is about managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
There are many resources for financial health at Denison. They include:
- The Financial Wellness Counselor promotes students’ financial well-being through one-on-one meetings, student programs, and related content.
- Red Thread Grants are small grants that help make opportunities available for students that wouldn’t otherwise be possible a reality and alleviate some of students’ financial stress, allowing them to focus on academic success. Information about other small grants is available on MyDenison under Campus Resources> Financial Aid: Grants and Funding.
Social Health is about having strong, healthy and supportive relationships. Much of this work is done through the Alford Community Leadership and Involvement Center.
You’ll find information about:
Intellectual Health is about being open to new ideas, thinking critically and seeking out new challenges. Much of a student’s intellectual health is centered in the classroom, but other supportive resources include:
Please call 740-587-6200 and press #1 to schedule an appointment with a member of our medical or behavioral staff
*Given demand for student appointments, we ask that you cancel any appointment you are unable to attend.
Counseling “Walk-in Hour”:
No appointment necessary
Monday through Friday
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: