Your Health

September: Suicide Prevention Month at UW-Madison

September is globally recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Read and sign the UW-Madison Pledge to be Stigma Free, sign up for a suicide prevention training and check out the full list of suicide prevention events and activities on campus. Help campus engage this important issue.


UHS Mental Health Services now just a phone call away

If you’re new to UHS Mental Health Services, your first consultation will now be over the phone. During the 20-minute Access Consultation phone screening, students will talk to a specialist who will connect students with the services they need, whether that be meeting with a counselor, group therapy or off campus resources.

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Don’t think you need health insurance as a student? Think again.

UHS isn’t open evenings and weekends and does not provide emergency care, hospitalization, or specialty care for complex problems — meaning it’s not a substitute for health insurance. Plus your parents’ health insurance might not provide the coverage you thought. Find out more about SHIP, the UW-Madison Student Health Insurance Plan.

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Incoming students to take new violence prevention program

Beginning August 1, first-year and incoming transfer students will participate in a new online training called U Got This! that targets sexual assault and dating violence. The new program replaces the Tonight program, which UW-Madison has used since 2013.

If you plan to take a dip, follow these safe swimming tips

While swimming is a great way to enjoy the blissful summer months, it is important to recognize the dangers that swimming can pose if done unsafely. Keep it safe and fun by using this guide to learn how to prevent, recognize, and respond to drowning.

Summer Health Fee will cover UHS services

Staying in Madison this summer? Your student status changes after the semester ends. The Summer Health Fee is $98 and provides access to UHS’s usual services — including medical and mental health care — between May 14 and Aug. 31.


Get active with Bucky this spring

Join Bucky’s Workout for an active, energetic, and stress-relieving workout on the field at Camp Randall Stadium from noon to 12:45 p.m. on May 24. All UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students of all fitness levels are invited to participate and get active with Bucky.

Use your spring break to rest and reset

University Health Services is offering five free Spring Break wellness sessions, at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 20-24, at Gordon Dining and Event Center. Registration encouraged but not required. In addition, get a meningitis B vaccine, chair massage and a little canine time with Dogs on Call.


Consent: How we say ‘yes’ and ‘no’

Consent is a free and clearly given “yes,” not the absence of a “no.” For a lot of us, we know what consent looks and feels like. The communication of a “yes” or a “no” can take its form in many different ways, not all expressed verbally.


Friday rant: It’s not easy being green (with sickness)

In her newest rant, Cynthia admits she’s too sick to function right now. In all honesty, the easiest thing to develop in college is a cold. And a wave of sickness has, yet again, washed over Badgertown. And UHS offers some tips to deal with it — wash your hands!