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Health & Well-being

Compassionate Care for UAlbany Students

UAlbany's Health & Well-being units — which include Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, the Office of Health Promotion, the Collegiate Recovery Program and Project SHAPE — are proud to serve the University's diverse and vibrant student body.

We offer free, compassionate and inclusive physical and mental healthcare to all registered UAlbany students, as well as support and programming for the entire campus community. We encourage you to explore our many offerings on this website — for the health of it!

Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice

We see you. We hear you. We support you. 

UAlbany’s health and well-being team is committed to the needs of our vibrantly diverse campus community and strives to provide culturally responsive services. 

Our offices are spaces where all individuals can feel safe, accepted, appreciated, empowered, seen and heard. As professionals, we are working to address issues of diversity and inclusion in our clinical work, training, campus outreach, hiring and staff development. 

We join in solidarity with our students who experience marginalization, and we unequivocally condemn acts of violence, hatred and racism. We also acknowledge the various structural and institutionalized systems that have created inequitable distribution of power, privilege and resources in our society.

If you need a space to process feelings and reactions, please make an appointment with Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).

We also encourage students to explore resources available through our campus partners: 

Attend or Request an Event

Attend Mindful Mondays for Students, Faculty & Staff

Take an intentional moment to pause, connect with yourself and refocus your mind during this virtual, drop-in program.  

Mindful Mondays focuses on guided mindfulness meditations and activities. Set the tone for the rest of your week! 

Who: This group is open to all UAlbany students, faculty and staff. No registration or previous experience is required. 

When: 4 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays (fall & spring semesters only when classes are in session) 

Where: Be sure to join our Zoom meeting on time. To minimize distractions during meditation, we don’t allow folks to join late. 

  • Meeting ID: 942 5908 1084  

  • Passcode: UAMindful 

Please contact Dr. Vivian Wilson-Hwang at [email protected] with any questions. 

Request Programming or Partnership for Classes, Student Organizations & Other Groups

Partner with our Peer Education Groups 

  • Project SHAPE: The Project on Sexual Health and Peer Education is a peer education program that provides sexuality and sexual health education to the UAlbany community. Partner with Project SHAPE.

  • Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program: Our Peer Wellness Ambassadors offer programs, consultation, theme weeks and resource development on various topics, such as adjusting to college, concerns about alcohol/drugs, assertiveness and more. Partner with Middle Earth.

Partner with our Professional Units 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Office of Health Promotion (OHP) are available to partner with student organizations, classes, departments, units and other campus groups to provide health and well-being programming. 

Request a workshop. We typically require at least four weeks' notice to accommodate requests. 

Explore our available slate of programs: 

  • CAPS Overview: Receive an overview of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), including who we are, what we offer, why students contact CAPS, how to make an appointment and more. (CAPS, 15 minutes) 

  • Collegiate Recovery Program Overview: Receive an overview of the Collegiate Recovery Program, including programs and training that we offer, and who we support. (OHP, 15 minutes)

  • Stress Less: Better understand stress and how it affects your health. Participants engage in personal reflection and learn practices, techniques and strategies to better manage your stress. (CAPS, 1 hour) 

  • Better Sleep, Better Lives: Good sleep is essential for your mental and physical well-being. This workshop will help you identify roadblocks and improve your sleep habits. (CAPS, 1 hour) 

  • Overcoming Procrastination Now, Not Later: Better understand why you procrastinate and what time management strategies you can employ to get out of the avoidance loop. (CAPS, 1 hour) 

  • How to Outsmart Your Smart Phone: Better understand how phone use affects your mental health and strategize on how to cut back. (CAPS, 1 hour) 

  • Suicide Prevention: Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and other mental health crises and how to help students get the help they need. (CAPS and/or OHP, 1 hour) 

  • Overdose Prevention: Learn how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone, the lifesaving overdose reversal medication. (OHP, 2 hours)

  • Recovery Ally: Learn about the recovery process and how to recognize the signs of substance misuse, support someone with concerning substance use, and de-stigmatize addiction. (OHP, 2 hours) 

We can also collaborate with you on other specific topics and program ideas (for example: relationships and communication, diversity and inclusion, body image, or mindfulness). We try our best to fulfill each request, but our abilities depend on demand, staffing and lead time.