Denison offers a wealth of programs and resources related to all dimensions of well-being. Students are encouraged not only to participate, but also to provide their input into wellness programming. Students receive regular wellness communications including a monthly newsletter with links to resources and surveys where they can provide feedback.
If you wish to receive the Student-focused Wellness Newsletter, please complete the Signup Form.
Denison recognizes students as complex individuals with physical and spiritual, community, social, financial, and intellectual needs. Our wellness professionals work both independently and together to develop a holistic plan of care across five dimensions of wellness. We assist students as they achieve and maintain an optimal state of health.
Personal well-being focuses on mind, body, and spirit. Although many people think of health simply as physical health, personal well-being is the intersection of mind, body, and spirit. Taken together, they influence how well a person feels. In addition to physical health, personal well-being encompasses things like how you spend your time, and what motivates you to achieve personal goals.
Denison has several resources in place to help you achieve personal health:
- The Wellness Center at Whisler Hall 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 well-being centers around how you feel about your place in the community. It examines the questions: “Do I feel that I belong here?” “Do I feel safe?” “Am I engaged on 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.
Social well-being promotes strong, healthy, and supportive relationships. Much of this work is done through the Alford Community Leadership and Involvement Center.
You’ll find information about:
- More than 160 Student Organizations
- Leadership Programming
- Student Government
- Service Opportunities
- Fraternities and Sororities
Financial well-being fosters good financial management, with a goal of reducing stress and increasing economic 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.
Intellectual well-being supports you as you learn new skills and aptitudes, engage in stimulating ideas, respond creatively to new ideas, and contribute new thoughts to ongoing debates. It is about healthy academic habits and being open to new ideas, thinking critically and seeking out new challenges. Much of your intellectual health well-being 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
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: