Health and Wellness

student attending a wellness event.

Keeping your body and mind as healthy as possible will help you achieve all of your goals. Make sure you know about the resources available here at UB.

Support at Every Step

Student Wellness is comprised of mental health counselors, medical providers and health educators from Counseling Services, Health Services, and Health Promotion. We work together to provide a variety of quality services and programs focused on physical and emotional health to promote student success and well-being.

Stepped care is based on the premise that assessment of student need should be done in a timely fashion, that different people require different levels of care or intervention, and finding the right level of care often depends on monitoring outcomes.  Students might move from lower to higher levels of care or vice versa as needed.

Step 1: Assessment – Where am I on my wellness journey?

Student Wellness offers same day medical and mental health appointments, as well as consultations for mental health and referrals to medical specialists off-campus. Students may also get a fitness assessment at recreation services before working on a fitness plan. Assessments may lead to a higher level of care, or the student’s needs may be met at this level.

Step 2: Self-directed resources – What services can I access on my own?

Students living on-campus can order free safe sex supplies to be delivered to their residences via campus mail. Peer Educators can provide workshops or support to students around sexual violence prevention, consent, and healthy relationships. TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) allows students to learn about meditation, coping skills, and various other self-help skills on their own. These services also can act as a gateway for students to access more in-depth services like individual therapy, STI testing, or group counseling.

Step 3: Campus resources and educational programs – How can I learn more?

Students accessing these services receive more contact with Student Wellness staff and might include a goal-setting session with a Wellness Coach, picking up a bag of groceries from Blue Table, or a meeting with the Crisis Services Advocate. They may also be in a group of similar students as in a fitness class or an alcohol harm reduction workshop. Students may self-select into some of these services or they can be referred into a program.

Step 4: Clinical intervention – What if I need professional support?

Services at this level might include a primary care visit to Health Services or mental health counseling at Counseling Services. These might lead to a need for lab services, psychiatric services, crisis intervention, or a nutrition consultation with a dietitian. Prescriptions can be filled at our on-campus pharmacy or off-campus at one of many retail pharmacies.

Step 5: Linkage to community resources – What if I need additional services?

At this level, a student may have a need for long-term, inpatient, or specialty care that would lead to a referral to a community professional. A student requiring this level of care would eventually move back to a lower level of care as their medical or mental health condition becomes more manageable.

Part of Student Wellness

Student Wellness is comprised of mental health counselors, medical providers and health educators from Counseling Services, Health Services, and Health Promotion. We work together to provide a variety of quality services and programs focused on physical and emotional health to promote student success and well-being.

Short-term on campus mental health support

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

University at Buffalo
202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5800

Preventative health and wellness education

Health Promotion

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Primary, non-emergency medical care

Health Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

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University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-2100

Phone: (716) 645-3036