Wellness and Well-being


Mental, physical, and social wellness are extremely important to your academic success and overall well-being. The College of Engineering works with University Health Services and other campus partners to provide you support in developing your overall health and wellness.

Mental Health and Wellness

University Health Services (UHS) provides mental health services and support through counseling and workshops specifically for engineering students. Their mental health providers understand the complexities of student life and offer an open, safe, and confidential environment to help students through issues that may interfere with their development, well-being, and academic productivity.

Use Mental Health America’s online screening program to evaluate your symptoms.

Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Let’s Talk: Let’s Talk provides easy access to informal and confidential support and consultation with counselors from UHS Mental Health Services. Speaking with a counselor consultant can provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. Students often discuss issues related to stress, worry, sadness, relationships, academic performance, family problems, or financial struggles.

Virtual Let’s Talk Virtual Let’s Talk is open to all students. Some Let’s Talk sessions are designated for specific identities or concerns, including engineering sessions with our engineering-focused provider: Michelle Bond (Wednesdays 3-5pm) and (Fridays 10am-Noon). Engineering students are welcome to sign up for any session that best aligns with their needs and identities. Sign up for a Let’s Talk session here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/wellness/lets-talk/

Thrive Workshop Series: Thrive Workshops help you develop skills, techniques, and strategies to support your success and well-being.

Virtual Processing Spaces: Process spaces are programs for UW–Madison students that provide easy access to confidential support and consultation with peers and counselors from UHS Mental Health Services. Each process space is focused on a specific topic, identity, or concern.

University Mental Health Services is currently supporting students virtually. Services are confidential, and any enrolled UW undergraduate or graduate student is eligible. There is no charge to students for counseling sessions, because services are paid through tuition and fees.

For crisis services, please call 608-265-5600 (option 9)


University Health Services

SilverCloud- a no-cost cognitive behavioral health resource available 24/7 (learning modules that help w/ stress, anxiety, depression, and body image. You can also download the SilverCloud app for your mobile device. SilverCloud is available for all currently enrolled, full-time students at UW-Madison. You will need to use your wisc email address when signing up, and you will be asked to login using your NetID.

YOU@WISC– continues to be a free, online resource for UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff during this time. YOU@WISC now includes specific COVID-19 resources.

New content cards include:

  • Mental Wellness Tips for COVID-19
  • Communicating Your Needs with Faculty During COVID-19
  • Tips to Be Productive when Studying at Home During COVID-19
  • Getting the Most Out of Online Classes
  • How to Show Up While Remaining Physically Distant
  • Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
  • And more!

As a reminder, YOU@WISC is an online portal, specifically designed for UW Madison to foster student success in 3 domains: Succeed, Thrive, and Matter.

  • Succeed [Degree & Career Options, Leadership & Professional Development, Academics & Grades, Internships & Career Path, + more],
  • Thrive [ Stress Management, Sleep, Fitness and Nutrition, Alcohol & Substance Use Resources, Loneliness & Depression resources, + more ]
  • Matter [Building relationships, Clubs and Volunteering, Social Resilience, Mindfulness & Balance, + more]

Visit: https://you.uhs.wisc.edu/  for more information.

Social Wellness

It’s important to overall well-being to build supportive and caring social relationships that contribute to a healthy community and support your individual successes. Find opportunities to connect and engage with communities that speak to you, your passions, and your values.

Student Engagement and Involvement


Diversity Affairs Office (DAO)– The DAO is committed to ensuring a welcoming and inclusive campus community for all students, particularly students historically underrepresented in engineering. The DAO is a great space to gather and connect with friends and support staff and offers a comfortable study space with access to computers and printers.


Identity Based Communities

Protest Resources

Anti-Racism Resources

UW-Madison Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement

Academic Wellness

Managing your time and taking advantage of available resources will help you succeed academically and achieve your goals.

Academic Advising– Meet with your academic advisor, who can help with questions about courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more.

Undergraduate Learning Center (ULC)– The ULC provides tutoring and academic support programs specifically for engineering students. ULC programs focus on supporting challenging courses that students take to progress into their engineering department. The ULC also provides support in select core engineering, math, statistics and science courses. The ULC is a place where students study, form study groups, and discuss engineering concepts and problem solving strategies with their peers and with the tutors.

McBurney Disability Resource CenterMcBurney partners with students, faculty, and staff to design accessible environments and provide academic acommodations so that students can engage, explore, and participate.

Engineering Time Management and Organization

GUTS Study Skills Program– The Study Skills program will help you improve your studying habits and give any tips needed in certain studying areas. GUTS works with students to help identify problem areas in time management, note-taking, concentration, test-taking, and more; and then help students develop their own personal learning strategies.


Additional Resources

Click here for a full list of campus and community resources to support your mental, physical, academic, social, financial, career, spiritual, and overall wellness and well-being.

Medical Withdrawals may be granted to students who experience a serious or unexpected physical or behavioral health condition; who may need to provide care to an immediate family member who is experiencing a serious or unexpected physical or behavioral health condition; or who have experienced the death of an immediate family member. Approval will be granted on a case-by-case basis. If a medical withdrawal is approved, tuition will be refunded based on a predetermined schedule.

Like other withdrawals, medical withdrawal results in the drop of all enrolled classes.

Learn how to request a Medical Withdrawal.

Badger Recovery– UW-Madison’s recovery program for students in active recovery from alcohol, substance use, and other addictions. Badger Recovery strives to provide a safe environment that empowers students to stay on track with their recovery to help achieve academic and personal goals.

Below is a list of wellness and well-being activity suggestions for you to pick from anytime you need unwind and de-stress.

Activity 1: Relax with yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises

Take 10 minutes and relax with these yoga and mediation exercises:

Breathe Boards: Print or open these breathing activity sheets. Trace the design with your finger slowly, taking a breath in or own depending on the instructions. Do this for 1-2 minutes when you feel overwhelmed or stressed during the day.

Activity 2: Write down, rip up, and throw away your stress

Write down or draw a picture of any concerns, expectations or insecurities. Then, rip them up and throw them away, and wipe your mental slate clean.

Activity 3: Take a fitness or dance break

Get your body moving and release those endorphins with a break for fitness or dancing!

Activity 4: Practice positivity

Encourage yourself and others through messages, email, and social media. Send out words of kindness, compliments, and praise to family and friends.

Activity 5: Give your brain a break

Give your brain a break from your studies and try one of these activities: